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WiMAX is a wireless broadband access technology for the last mile based on 802.16 standard from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE). WiMAX means Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access. This name was introduced by the WiMAX Forum which is an organization with a goal to promote, standardize and define the strategy of WiMAX.
The aim of this work is to capture the most important items that influence the WiMAX business case at 2,5 GHz band and provide insights to minimize risks and uncertainties that occur in the deployment of a WiMAX network. It is shown an example of deployment in São Paulo city, Brazil, containing numbers of base stations, subscribers, payback period and internal rate of return.
The study begins with the analysis of the micro-environment providing a summary containing subscribers forecast for the next years.
It is also described the macro-environment analysis. On the technological environment should be noted the delay in the availability of WiMAX-embedded devices while on the 3G side there are more than 800 hundred devices available worldwide. It is also commented about the LTE technology which is being developed by most of the greater telecommunications vendors. On the legal-political environment, it should be noted the delays on the spectrum auctions and the power of cellular operators which influence the rules for WIMAX such as mobility and spectrum usage restriction.
It is also emphasized the importance of the project planning, scope characterization and definition, work breakdown structure definition containing the decomposition of the work to be executed up to the package level, the activities sequencing, costs involved, risks and response plans, schedule and critical path.