In just a few short years, WiMax has become a disruptive force in the wireless industry.
As the first 4G wireless technology, WiMax has the potential to do for broadband what the cell phone did for voice and provide high-speed internet access for millions of users globally.
Strong subscriber growth over the past year has demonstrated the appeal of WiMAX technology. Now operators are aggressively expanding their networks to keep up with the growth in demand.
The WiMAX market has entered a stage of sustained growth. Operators have moved from the slide deck and vendor selection stage to the more demanding jobs of building networks and signing up customers. A couple of years ago, the focus of operators’ attention was on the fundamentals - which type of equipment worked best and how fast the price of subscriber units would decrease. Today operators are asking vendors for a wider variety of devices that will enable them to increase the capacity and reach of their networks, and new base station form factors that will give them the flexibility they need as they expand their networks. They are also experimenting with new services and new ways to reach their subscribers, and to make the services more attractive.