WiMAX: Success Stories from Around the World
From Emerging to the Most Mature Market Segments, WiMAX is the Answer—
Connecting People in Countries All Around the World
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WiMAX is the first 4G technology to meet the pent-up demand for the mobile Internet. The good news is that 3G
and Wi-Fi* have whetted consumers’ appetites for mobile data. The better news is that as mobile data networks
become increasingly congested, WiMAX can affordably deliver up to three times the performance of today’s 3G
solutions, with the ability to scale to 10 times the performance with 802.16m, the next version of the IEEE 802.16
standard upon which WiMAX is based. This is great news for multi-megabit video, sending and receiving pictures
and large files, and social media users.
Real-World Mature and Emerging WiMAX Deployments at a Glance
WiMAX is being deployed around the world and offers low-cost connectivity with the added bonus of mobility, both
for mature and emerging market segments.
This brochure offers snapshots of mature and emerging WiMAX deployments around the world and provides insights to
the advantages, benefits, and new and successful business models being delivered with WiMAX. In the™
midst of a global
economic slowdown, we need to be smart about our money—and
broadband in all its forms is key to maximizing productivity and
driving prosperity. Higher capacity, super-fast speeds at affordable
rates, fixed and mobile bundles, and organic network growth from
fixed to mobile—these competitive advantages help to make
WiMAX even more compelling in these challenging times.
Key members of the computing, telecommunications, and
Internet industries are delivering what is considered to be a
game-changing and disruptive technology for the connected
world—WiMAX—and enjoying some common benefits:
• One unifying technology for both mature and emerging markets
• Affordable connectivity for multi-megabit fixed and mobile
• Low-cost client devices to reduce Cost Per Gross Addition (CPGA)
• Ease and speed of deployment, reducing time-to-market and
yielding faster Return on Investment (ROI)
• New video and social media services for differentiated offerings
• High customer satisfaction to retain and grow subscribers
• Expanding ecosystem and shrinking cost model for 4G success
WiMAX offers significant speed, loads of capacity, and lower prices.
Currently, there are more than 480 Fixed and Mobile WiMAX trials
and commercial deployments in 141 countries, so the snapshots that
follow represent just a handful of the existing deployments around
the world. These snapshots show you how it’s being done: WiMAX is
delivering in both mature and emerging markets.
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Only WiMAX Provides Speeds “As Advertised” in the United States: Gartner research shows that the four major
3G operators in the United States are failing to deliver the speeds that customers expect. In fact, Gartner reports
that most 3G providers in the United States typically market speeds as high as 1.8 Mbps when the actual speeds are
generally between 300 Kbps and 700 Kbps.1
Mobile WiMAX speed, on the other hand, is “as advertised.” Senza Fili Consulting shows that CLEAR’s Mobile WiMAX
service in Portland, Oregon, is “consistently good” and achieves average throughputs in excess of 3 Mbps in the
downlink and between 350 and 400 Kbps in the uplink.2
WiMAX Deployments Worldwide
KEnYA DAtA nEtWoRKS
For current information, see www.wimaxmaps.org.
NOTE: Pins represent operator headquarters, not individual city deployments.
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Mature WiMAX Markets
ClEAR Service, uSA: next-Generation Mobile
broadband internet Service Made Simple
Getting online should be easy. Powered by WiMAX,
CLEAR* affords you the ability to connect as easily on the MATURE MARKETS: North America
go as you do at home. With successful launches in 13 U.S.
markets including Portland, Atlanta, and Las Vegas and an
aggressive goal to expand Mobile WiMAX coverage to 120
million people across 80 markets by the end of 2010, major
metropolitan areas across the United States may soon have
an unprecedented combination of connection and mobility. WiMAX is the only network you’ll ever need.
With CLEAR*, one network can deliver five
CLEAR service gives customers capability and flexibility,
with super-fast mobile Internet with download speeds
essential services: home broadband, home
of up to 4 Mbps and affordable daily or monthly service voice, mobile broadband, mobile voice, and
plans. And, making it even simpler, first time setup mobile entertainment.
requires no appointment and no installation—just plug
• CLEAR USB Modem: Fit this device into any standard
in your preferred CLEAR access device and start surfing,
USB port on your laptop computer for the ultimate in
often in 60 seconds or less.
high-speed, 4G mobility.
CLEAR lets customers take advantage of a wide range of
• CLEAR Modem: Connect your home computer or
Mobile WiMAX devices:
Wi-Fi router to the Internet with the power of the
• Notebooks with Embedded WiMAX: More than 35 CLEAR 4G network—just plug it in and get online.
notebook models from six PC manufacturers have
• CLEAR Spot Personal Hotspot: Create
been certified already, with over 20 models available
a portable, secure Wi-Fi hotspot
now with embedded Intel® WiMAX/WiFi Link 5050
instantly that you can use with up
to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices.
Put all of your Wi-Fi-connected
“Since CLEAR* is a true broadband Internet service, devices on the CLEAR Mobile Network in an instant.
which just happens to be delivered wirelessly, we
• CLEAR Voice* Adapter: Connect your CLEAR modem
actually welcome the use of heavy bandwidth data
to a landline phone, so you can talk whenever you want,
applications that conventional 3G network operators anywhere in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico,
may discourage or simply can’t support. In fact, we for one low monthly rate.
encourage our customers to use their Wi-Fi*-enabled • Samsung Mondi*: Get entertained on the go with high-
smartphones, or other CE devices, on our open network speed Internet in the palm of your hand. This pocket-sized
to receive better Internet connections.” device includes an interactive touch screen that puts browser,
Scott Richardson, Chief Strategy Officer, Clearwire camera, e-mail, messaging, and more at your fingertips.
Mobile broadband made simple.
In the United States, Clearwire is not alone. Xanadoo, Towerstream, and DigitalBridge have all successfully
deployed WiMAX. From Xanadoo’s college towns in America’s heartland, to DigitalBridge’s small to
medium cities, to Towerstream’s major metropolitan areas, WiMAX delivers mobile broadband.
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Taiwan has been an early adopter and promoter of WiMAX technology, issuing three northern and three
southern WiMAX licenses in 2007. In fact, WiMAX is part of the government’s M-Taiwan program to
provide wireless coverage for the entire population.
VMAX Service, taiwan:
A Deployment to Watch
VMAX Telecom is a joint venture between mobile carrier
Vibo Telecom and broadband wireless telecom equipment
MATURE MARKETS: Asia
maker Tecom in Taiwan. VMAX Telecom’s vision is to use
its Mobile WiMAX network to bring 4G services to Taiwan
and to bridge the digital divide in rural areas. VMAX is
rolling out its WiMAX network first in Taipei, with an initial
planned deployment of 200–250 base stations and a goal fastest Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) speeds are
of 70 percent coverage of the city’s population. From there, 2 MB (downlink)/256 K (uplink). However, VMAX expects to
VMAX will continue to expand within Taipei and then fan offer average speeds of 1–4 MB (downlink)/0.5–1 MB (uplink)
outward to cover the entire northern region of Taiwan in at a competitive price. By offering this home Internet service,
two to three years with 1,500–2,000 base stations. with the promise of voice services in the near future, VMAX
VMAX has two primary targets—consumer Internet services seeks to gain significant market share in Taipei.
and consumer mobile data services—but it will offer VMAX will also use its WiMAX network to target customers
enterprise services as well, and it plans to be competitive using High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSPDA) or other
against all comers. For example, currently, in Taiwan the 3G mobile data services because its infrastructure allows
services that slower 3G networks cannot realistically offer. VMAX
“With this kind of bandwidth and technology, you
is betting that its superior bandwidth and speed, alongside
will have the ability to do things we haven’t even competitive pricing and mobility, will be more attractive to
dreamed of yet.” Taipei’s technologically savvy mobile data users and give VMAX
Teddy Huang, CEO, VMAX Telecom
an advantage in the Taiwanese broadband market.
An independent test by CnEt taiwan on taipei Metro Rapid transit’s Muzha line in June 2009 concluded
that “WiMAX transmission speed is 3.33 times faster than 3.5G.”
tatung, taiwan: WiMAX is open for business
Southwest of Taiwan in the Penghu Islands, Tatung “WiMAX beams data over the Internet at rates
InfoComm, a WiMAX service provider held by Tatung
up to 10 Mbps, faster than 3.5G technology
Corp., debuted its WiMAX service in spring 2009,
and less expensive.”
installing 21 WiMAX base stations covering 80 percent
F.H. Yen, General Manager, Tatung
of the islands’ land area. This launch marks the start of
Taiwan’s WiMAX service, with Tatung aiming for 1 million
subscribers over the next five years.
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uQ WiMAX Service, Japan: High Speed, ABI Research points out that a key part of UQ
low Cost, and a Short time to Market Communications’ strategy is its rollout plans: “UQ
Communications claims it will be able to ramp up its outdoor
UQ Communications Inc. launched its WiMAX service in
coverage through the deployment of highly compact base
July 2009 in the eastern region of Japan including areas
stations, which weigh no more than 20 kg; they can be
in Tokyo, Yokohama, Kawasaki, Nagoya, and Osaka. With
readily installed on rooftops or other elevated sites.”3
speed, low cost and an open network approach as key
differentiators of its mobile data service, UQ focuses on UQ’s plan after 2009 is to extend service to cover major cities
notebook, netbook, and Mobile Internet Device (MID) and achieve more than 90 percent population coverage by
users and aims to cover 40 million inhabitants by the end 2013. Subscribers will be able to watch Webcasts and online
of 2009. Moreover, 14 PC manufacturers have already videos, listen to audio—in most cases, at the same time. In
committed to embed WiMAX in their notebooks, and other words, users can enjoy a wireless Internet experience
live speed tests have already reached about 16 Mbps that rivals their wired home broadband experience in speed
down and 4 Mbps up. In an unprecedented move, UQ but extends to innovative new devices and applications.
launched its service simultaneously with three of its Mobile
Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs), all major electronics Faster and Cheaper: Live speed tests on
retailers. UQ offers its customers a simple, flat-rate, “all
notebooks have reached about 16 Mbps
you can eat” service that undercuts all the complicated,
down and 4 Mbps up, as simple, flat-rate
tiered, and flat-rate High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA)
pricing undercuts all current HSPA offers.
services currently available.
“UQ Communications selected Mobile WiMAX as the best technology based on our strong belief that it
can meet various customer needs fully with the shortest time to market. Moreover, the business model
is open, where any manufacturer can provide a variety of WiMAX devices like MIDs, netbooks, and
other WiMAX-enabled consumer electronics.”
Takashi Tanaka, President, UQ Communications Inc.
Aerea Service, the netherlands: So Fair that
Customers Don’t Worry About Data limits
The Netherlands enjoys one of the highest rates of
broadband penetration in the world, and within this
competitive market, Worldmax deployed one of Western MATURE MARKETS: Europe
Europe’s first commercial Mobile WiMAX networks in
the 3.5 GHz range, blanketing the entire metropolitan
area of Amsterdam, both indoors and outdoors. With the
help of Alcatel-Lucent, Worldmax installed 110 WiMAX
don’t have to worry about data limits. Under the Aerea
base station sectors within just two months, providing
brand, Worldmax has also upgraded the capabilities of
coverage for the entire city of Amsterdam. The network
its commercial indoor and outdoor service to 8 Mbps
now has more than 170 base station sectors.
downlink data rates.
In addition to very high-speed mobile broadband,
Worldmax offers a compelling and unique fair-use “Worldmax is ready to introduce 32 Mbps on its
policy, exclusively in Amsterdam—so fair that customers WiMAX network this year.”
Jeanine van der Vlist, CEO, Worldmax4
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Clearwire and technology leaders Intel, Cisco Systems, and Google are creating the WiMAX Innovation
Network in Silicon Valley to put today’s 4G services into the hands of some of the most talented and creative
developers in the world. The network will initially cover more than 20 square miles and bring 4G wireless
service to the campuses of some of the world’s leading technology innovators, giving them a head start on
commercial WiMAX service launching in the San Francisco Bay area in 2010.
imag!ne, ireland: Super-Fast broadband “The highest line rental charges in Europe,
With no Data Caps the lack of investment in Ireland’s access
Imagine service delivers fixed and mobile broadband infrastructure, and low throughput HSPA
services using cutting-edge 4G Mobile WiMAX products trying to fill the void have created a
technology. Imagine is the largest Mobile WiMAX carrier significant opportunity for WiMax in Ireland.”
in Ireland covering a population of over 1 million today
and 2.6 million by the end of 2010. They offer fast Internet
Chairman and CEO, Imagine Communications Group
access with speeds up to 10 Mbps per user device. Until
Imagine service became available, fixed Internet access in
Ireland was slow and expensive with limited competition.
The new mobile WIMAX service is offering superior
speeds compared to 3G/HSPDA services in Ireland with
the ability to support rich media services. Imagine is now
bringing competition and superior speeds to Ireland with
no data caps on both services.
Imagine currently offers customers a range of Mobile
WiMAX devices, including:
• Standalone modems: supporting both voice and data
services from a single Motorola CPE device.
• USB modems: the 4G Motorola USB Dongle provides
simple access from a PC or laptop.
• Notebooks: a range of laptops with Intel embedded
WiMAX modules will launch in Ireland in 2010.
Aria, italy: Partnering with a large incumbent to Expand Footprint
Seeking to bring high-speed Internet access to parts of Italy that do not yet have ADSL, Aria has announced a
broad strategic cooperation with Telecom Italia. Aria will be able to utilize Telecom Italia’s spectrum in central and
southern Italy and gain access to its transport network, accelerating its nationwide build-out and lowering capital
expenditures. Telecom Italia will benefit by being able to offer its customers Aria’s wholesale WiMAX service.
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Delivering the Next Leap in Mobile Network Evolution
WiMAX is flexible enough to serve a variety of markets and can even be cost effectively deployed in areas where broadband
infrastructure does not yet exist. Just as some emerging markets leapfrogged over landline phones directly to mobile phones, they
can now leapfrog to advanced broadband wireless services with WiMAX. WiMAX aims to connect entire cities wirelessly, from the
most mature to the most remote and undeveloped communities around the globe—and to help bridge the digital divide.
Emerging WiMAX Markets
Packet one, Malaysia: Hundreds of thousands
of Subscribers Enjoying Fast broadband
Packet One Networks (P1), the 2008 winner of the Red EMERGING MARKETS: Asia
Herring for Asia’s Most Innovative Private Technology
Company, is a WiMAX telecommunications company
expanding throughout Malaysia to target both consumer
and business users. By August 2008, P1 finished
conducting its end-user trials and became Malaysia’s with Sunway Group to provide wireless broadband Internet
first WiMAX operator to launch a commercial network. access to more than 80 percent of home and business users
In addition to Internet connectivity, P1 offers new and and over 2 million visitors to Bandar Sunway, making it the first
innovative services such as its own social networking tool integrated wireless township in Malaysia. P1 was also chosen
called Ruumz*. In its consumer product lineup, P1 has a by the local government of Kuala Lumpur (KL) to set up the
fixed home modem solution, as well as an Internet on- Wireless Metropolitan Project (Wireless@KL), deploying more
the-go device called WIGGY*—Malaysia’s most advanced than 1,500 hotspots and currently serving more than 130,000
USB modem incorporating Multiple-Input Multiple-Output users with free wireless broadband Internet access. The core
(MIMO) technology. A voice-over WiMAX service and of the network is built upon WiMAX, and Wi-Fi acts as the
dual-mode devices are expected further down the line. final link to the consumer. Despite an historically low level of
broadband penetration, P1 states that it is on track to hit about
Currently, P1 has Malaysia’s widest WiMAX network
250,000 subscribers by the end of 2009. That’s about 500 new
coverage and represents the world’s largest 2.3 GHz WiMAX
subscribers added every day. P1 thus has a running start on
deployment outside of Korea. P1 also formed a partnership
accomplishing its vision to provide broadband for all.
“Broadband shouldn’t remain a privilege; it should be a right for all Malaysians. It is my personal endeavor
to deliver broadband for all Malaysians because today information is the currency of the world. We are
fully committed to aid the nation to realize its aspiration of 50 percent broadband penetration by 2010.”
Michael Lai, CEO, Packet One Networks
Globe Telecoms, Philippines: The Largest WiMAX Network in Southeast Asia
As one of the largest telecommunications companies in the Philippines, Globe Telecoms offers a wide array
of services including 3G mobile and fixed line data services. In April of this year, Globe launched its WiMAX
broadband network to key populations areas across the Philippines and plans to cover most of the country by
end of 2009. Globe’s goal is to make affordable broadband service accessible to most of the country’s 92 million
people. Its entry level service is priced at an attractive 795 Pesos (approximately USD 16) per month.
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bSnl, india: services across urban areas, having already launched services
bridging the Rural-urban Digital Divide via a franchise model in three large states.
The primary aim of Providing Urban Amenities to Rural Through WiMAX-based wireless broadband, BSNL
Areas (PURA) is making rural India digitally inclusive. To help can enable access to a wide range of services, such as
achieve this vision, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), India’s e-governance, telemedicine, distance education, e-travel,
state-run telecommunications company, has a goal of serving e-chaupal (access to fair pricing information for agricultural
250,000 rural WiMAX subscribers across 80,000 villages for produce), e-legal services, as well as e-media access for
Phase 1 of its rural project, slated for completion by October news delivery in the local language. BSNL has also selected
2009. For Phase 2, BSNL has plans to serve 675,000 villages Huawei and Gemini Communications as its vendors. In
and nearly 1.1 million rural subscribers by the end of 2010. fact, as of May 2009, Huawei had already shipped USD 36
With its nationwide footprint, BSNL will also offer WiMAX million of equipment for installation and commissioning.
Comstar, Russia: Improving Quality Of Life By Connecting People To The Internet
A leading fixed communications operator headquartered in Moscow with spectrum licenses in the 2.5 and 3.5 GHz
bands, Comstar has deployed WiMAX networks in Moscow, surrounding regions in Russia and CIS (Commonwealth
of Independent States) republics. Notably, the Mobile WiMAX network that Comstar is building in Armenia will cover
76 percent of the Armenian population, first in Yerevan, the capital, and then to another 18 cities. In some of Comstar’s
coverage areas, citizens are being offered telephony and broadband Internet access to their homes for the first time.
Yota Service, Russia:
100,000 Subscribers in Record time
Scartel’s Yota service delivers mobile broadband services
using cutting-edge 4G Mobile WiMAX technology. In fact,
EMERGING MARKETS: Eurasia
Scartel is the largest Mobile WiMAX carrier in Russia covering
a population of over 15 million today and 22 million by the
end of 2009. It offers Internet access along with rich media
mobile services (music and video on demand, IPTV, etc.) at
speeds up to 10 Mbps per user device.
A wide range of Mobile WiMAX access devices can access
Before the Yota service became available, mobile Internet the Yota service, including:
access in Russia was slow, expensive, and not widely
• Notebooks: 30 notebook models are available
deployed. By contrast, after 18 months of pre-launch
from six PC manufacturers, with embedded Intel
operations and just two and a half months of commercial
WiMAX/WiFi Link 5050 series modules.
operations, Yota signed its 100,000th active subscriber
to its Mobile WiMAX networks deployed in Moscow and • Mobile Phones: The HTC MAX* 4G is the world’s first
St. Petersburg, the two largest Russian cities. That’s about dual-mode GSM* and Mobile WiMAX handset.
1,500 new subscribers a day! • USB Modems: The 4G Samsung USB Dongle provides
Due to robust base station provisioning, current average data simple access to the 4G Internet from a PC or laptop.
consumption of a Yota subscriber is 10.3 GB, more than twice • IAD: The ASUS Mobile WiMAX Wi-Fi Center offers
the average use of wired Internet subscribers in Moscowi and fast wireless Internet, Voice over IP (VoIP), and local
many times the capacity of 2G and 3G data services. Scartel’s networks for home and office.
ultimate goal is to deploy networks in more than 40 Russian
• Express Cards: The Samsung Express Card 4G offers a
cities, beginning in those with populations over 1,000,000 and
compact 4G Internet for people on the go.
moving to those with populations over 500,000.
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Wateen and Mobilink, Pakistan: two GSM* operators Go WiMAX
Wateen Telecom has successfully deployed one of the largest nationwide WiMAX networks—with 842 four-
sector base station sites in 22 cities, covering over 20 percent of Pakistan’s 164 million inhabitants. Over the
next six months, Wateen will deploy approximately 1,300 base stations, and longer term, WiMAX coverage
will be extended to an additional 70 cities, with expectations of reaching 1.5 million broadband customers in
five years. Wateen has also entered into agreements with cell phone operators to reuse existing GSM sites to
greatly reduce capital investment requirements.
Mobilink Infinity is a wireless broadband and telephony service for residential and enterprise consumers, based
on the Mobile WiMAX standard. It is offered by Mobilink GSM, a subsidiary of the Orascom Telecom Group,
Pakistan’s leading cellular service provider. In a country where many regions have either no or very poor quality
landlines, the need to quickly fulfill demand for high-speed Internet access was the driving factor behind
Mobilink’s decision to use WiMAX. Because WiMAX is available today, Orascom can quickly and cost effectively
offer subscribers high-quality Internet access and VoIP services using broadband wireless.5
Embratel, brazil: 200 Cities in Five Years—
and a one-Stop Solution for SMbs
EMERGING MARKETS: Central and South America
Embratel, a subsidiary of Mexico’s Telmex, operates
long-distance telephone and broadband services in Brazil
and launched its commercial WiMAX network in March
2008 using 802.16e-2005 equipment from Motorola. The
first phase of the deployment was completed in March
2009 and covers 12 cities, including Rio de Janeiro and
São Paulo, and is already delivering wireless broadband For Small/Medium Businesses (SMBs), Embratel offers,
to tens of thousands of customers. Embratel has publicly using WiMAX, a unique carrier-class dual-play offer.
stated its intentions to invest hundreds of millions of Embratel packages broadband and voice, which
dollars to extend its coverage to 61 cities in three years integrates with not only modern VoIP services, but also
and 200 cities by the project’s end in five years. legacy PBX systems. The company complements this
offer with long distance and a very flexible contract to
provide a one-stop solution for SMBs.
Axtel, Mexico: Rapid Deployment and in over 40 cities across Mexico, with about 60 percent of its
Aggressive Expansion customer base residential and the remainder business.
Axtel is the largest Mobile WiMAX service provider in Axtel is optimistic about 2009, especially since, unlike
Mexico. It began rolling out its Mobile WiMAX network with its competitors, its technology and infrastructure have
Motorola in January 2008 and commercially launched its always been wireless. It already has over 500 base
WiMAX services in that same year. Axtel now provides over stations in its network—and expects to reach 1,000 base
60,000 broadband and voice customers with WiMAX service stations by the end of the year.
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WbS, South Africa:
DSl Speeds in a Mobile Environment
EMERGING MARKETS: Africa
WBS’s WiMAX network already consists of 120 base stations
deployed in Gauteng, Cape Town, and KwaZulu-Natal,
providing fixed broadband services with plans to commission
another 80 WiMAX base stations in the near future.
iBurst, a wholly owned subsidiary of WBS, launched
WiMAX products and services for both the consumer
and corporate markets in early 2009. Once the essentially have access to wireless ADSL-type services
embedded devices become available, the end user will on notebooks and netbooks.
“WBS and iBurst are committed to increasing Internet penetration and improving Internet services in
this country. We are confident that bundling hardware and access technologies, such as WiMAX, is
the way to get more South Africans online.”
Alan Knott-Craig, Managing Director, iBurst
Kenya Data networks, Kenya:
KEnYA DAtA nEtWoRKS
WiMAX Delivers a Fast Roi
Kenya Data Networks (KDN), a full-service data
communications carrier, considers WiMAX to be the best
economic choice for the unique needs of the growing
East African market. The carrier is continuing to extend its
network in Nairobi and 40 towns across Kenya to support
seamless WiMAX connectivity with mobile devices
and Internet services, including enterprise inter-branch
services, as well as connecting bank branches, ATMs,
schools, cyber cafés, and businesses.
WiMAX technology is enabling quicker service
deployment and access to more markets, giving KDN “Adapting WiMAX technology is helping us
a fast ROI, increased revenues, and growth. KDN also create awareness and educate the market
plans to use the capabilities of its WiMAX network to toward adopting the Internet as a way of life.”
offer personal broadband services, realizing the vision of
Mr. Vincent Wang’ombe, Marketing Manager
seamless mobile device connectivity.
Kenya Data Networks7
WiMAX is flourishing in other parts of the Americas as well. With WiMAX, Digicel captured 25 percent of
the market segment share in the Cayman Islands in just 180 days and penetrated 80 percent of corporate
accounts in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands within 12 months. In fact, Digicel customers can buy the
product, bring it home, plug it in, and be online in three minutes or less. Digicel’s subscriber package in the
Cayman Islands includes broadband services bundled with GSM voice services at a 20 to 30 percent discount,
and data speeds up to 4 Mbps.6
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WiMAX Forum:8 Expanding the Ecosystem Worldwide
The WiMAX Forum is an industry-led, not-for-profit organization formed to certify and promote the compatibility and
interoperability of broadband wireless products based on WiMAX standards. With a robust and flourishing ecosystem in place,
WiMAX technology can offer global economies of scale and thus help to lower costs compared to other wireless technologies.
Similar to the way that the first cellular networks were gradually built until they ultimately could provide ubiquitous coverage,
the WiMAX rollout will continue. So if WiMAX is not yet available in your area, it could be there soon.
Certification lies at the core of the WiMAX Forum mission. And the availability of WiMAX Forum Certified* equipment will
continue to accelerate the adoption rate of WiMAX technology by enabling a broad selection of interoperable devices from
many vendors at affordable prices.
Under Development 2009
BRAZIL MALAYSIA CHINA
Mobile WiMAX Certiﬁcation Labs
There are more than 125 WiMAX Forum Certified products now—and almost 1,000 devices are estimated to be
WiMAX Forum Certified by 2011.9
• China (China Academy of Telecommunications • Taiwan (Advance Data Technology Corporation
Research in Beijing) and TTC/CCS in Taipei)
• Korea (Telecommunications Technology Association) • United States (AT4 wireless in Virginia)
• Spain (AT4 wireless in Malaga) • Additional labs in India, Malaysia, and Brazil are scheduled
to open in 2009
the ecosystem and cost models are already in place for 4G success.
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More Devices Are
Driving Users to WiMAX
beyond Voice: the 4G WiMAX Vision—not Just for notebooks Anymore
Operators are offering a variety of WiMAX devices beyond what has been enabled on voice-
centric networks. The demand for data is exploding—and 4G is all about data. WiMAX chips
can be embedded into consumer electronics and games, digital cameras, home entertainment
systems, utility meters, appliances, MIDs, and netbooks, so users can connect, entertain, stay
informed, and be productive wherever they go. These devices need the kind of speed that
As of May 2009, more than 50 notebook models were available with
embedded Intel® WiMAX/WiFi Link 5050 series modules. At that rate, by
the end of 2009, there could be 100 certified models available. Sixteen PC
Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) are offering or have announced
plans for notebooks with Intel’s embedded WiMAX solution, including
Acer, ASUS, Clarion, Dell, Epson, Fujitsu, Lenovo, MSI, NEC, Onkyo,
Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, and Toshiba.
When these devices team up with breakthrough WiMAX technology,
the possibilities may be limitless.
WiMAX iPR Advantages the development and adoption of WiMAX worldwide.
The OPA expects to develop a WiMAX Patent Pool to
Members of the WiMAX industry, including Acer, Alcatel-
deliver upon the goals of lower cost, transparency, and
Lucent, Alvarion, Cisco, Clearwire, Huawei Technologies,
predictability in IPR, which in turn will drive the adoption
Intel Corporation, and Samsung Electronics, have
of WiMAX to enable more 4G OEMs and Original Device
formed the Open Patent Alliance (OPA) to provide an
Manufacturers to enter this market segment.
Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) solution that supports
Low IPR Costs Keep Device Costs Down
An integral part of the WiMAX strategy has been to keep the intellectual property licensing costs low
for devices. This keeps the overall cost of WiMAX-enabled devices low, which encourages vendors to
add WiMAX capability to their devices. When prices are low, that reduces the risk factor for consumers
and encourages them to try it. In Baltimore, users can get a WiMAX USB modem for USD 59.99 without
signing a service contract.10
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industrial technology Research institute, taiwan:
WiMAX Device Forecast to triple in next two Years
The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) was IAC, Inventec, JStream, Liteon, Loop, MiTAC, MTI, Qisda,
founded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs in Taiwan as Quanta/QMI, Ruby Tech, Spectec Computer, TECOM,
a non-profit, research and development organization for USI, WNC, and ZyXEL. Devices currently in market include
applied research and technical service. When the Taiwan standalone broadband and VoIP modems (Customer
government selected WiMAX to execute a national Premise Equipment (CPE)), PC interface devices (USB
program to realize the country’s broadband coverage dongles, PCI Express* cards), Wi-Fi/WiMAX gateways,
vision and national goals, ITRI and the WiMAX Forum MIDs, smartphones and notebooks with built-in WiMAX.
established the holistic Mobile Taiwan (M-Taiwan) WiMAX
According to Dr. Hsieh, Taiwan Regional Director,
Application Lab to test and develop innovative Mobile
WiMAX Forum, the market forecast for WiMAX devices
WiMAX applications in a complete ecosystem. A non-
is extremely promising: although the economic crisis
commercial, proof-of-concept lab with a real-deployed
has affected the global WiMAX market, Taiwanese
WiMAX network, this lab will also assist Taiwanese
manufacturers still delivered about 1 million units of CPE in
operators in conducting interoperability and roaming tests
2008, mostly fixed products, and started shipping mobile
to prepare for upcoming commercial launches this year.
products in October 2008. In fact, ITRI forecasts the yearly
More than 30 companies in Taiwan are producing WiMAX growth in shipments to triple for the next two years, with
devices, including AWB, AboCom, Acer, Alpha Networks, major growth expected for emerging markets in Asia
ASUSTek, Cameo, CyberTAN, D-Link, DNI, Gemtek, GIL, Pacific, the Middle East, Brazil, and Russia.
With WiMAX mobile internet, users may have one, two, or even more devices connected to the same
high-speed, mobile broadband service.
Mobile internet Dongles Customer Premise Smartphones notebooks
Devices (MiDs) For notebooks without
Equipment (CPE) Operators today are Just open up your
The high speeds of embedded WiMAX, The main staple of offering both multi-mode notebook and get
Mobile WiMAX make dongles provide a fixed and portable GSM + WiMAX and 3G connected with
streaming videos, super-compact, easy- WiMAX services, + WiMAX smartphones embedded WiMAX.
downloading music, or to-carry way to connect CPE is designed to for the best of both No dongle needed.
browsing the Internet on to the Internet while at deliver superior indoor worlds in one device.
MIDs more enjoyable. home or on the go. coverage and can
be moved between
14 | WiMAX Snapshots
WiMAX Delivers in Both Mature and Emerging Markets
WiMAX delivers mobile broadband services in both mature and emerging
markets on a wide array of devices and, as these snapshots from around
the world have shown, also offers numerous benefits.
• More than 500 WiMAX Forum members globally, including operators
and component and equipment manufacturers11
• More than 480 Fixed and Mobile WiMAX trials and
commercial deployments in 141 countries12 According to the WiMAX
Forum, WiMAX service
• Globally, 430 million people covered by WiMAX
providers now cover 430 million
people globally and are on
• Affordably priced 4G broadband data a path to almost double that
• Multi-megabit broadband speeds number by the end of 2010,
• Savings in capital and operational expenditures with more than 800 million
people covered by next-
• High customer satisfaction
generation WiMAX networks.
• Greener deployments leveraging GSM cellular sites
• More than 125 WiMAX Forum Certified products14
• Over 50 notebook models available with embedded Intel WiMAX/WiFi Link 5050 series
modules and 100 forecast by the end of 200915
Around the world, WiMAX is deployed and delivering in both mature and
emerging markets. These snapshots prove it.
To view a map of global WiMAX deployments, go to:
Visit the WiMAX Forum Web site at:
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