Two-thirds of the service providers intend to use WiMAX for mobility-based services by 2012 according to a Infonetics Research survey.
Two-thirds of the service providers intend to use WiMAX for mobility-based services by 2012 according to a Infonetics Research survey. Of the surveyed providers, over 90% expect to offer VoIP over WiMAX by 2012. 64% of service provider plan to offer full mobility by 2012.
Howver key challenges remain, specifically, the limited range of WiMAX-enabled mobile devices, and the difficulty of building low-ARPU pricing models for developing countries, states the report.
“The WiMAX industry is up against the clock to address these challenges if it is to fulfill its undoubted potential as a long-term broadband technology,â€ notes Richard Webb, directing analyst for WiMAX, microwave, and mobile devices at Infonetics Research.
According to report availability of WiMAX-enabled mobile devices tops the list of respondentsâ€™ commercial challenges. Other top commercial challenges include marketing and positioning WiMAX services, building retail and distribution channels, providing service level agreements for enterprise customers, and defining a pricing model for a low-ARPU market
Infonetics surveyed purchase decision-makers at 25 WiMAX-only operators, fixed-line incumbents, competitive fixed-line providers, and mobile operators to capture a strategic overview of WiMAX operators.