May 23, 2007

Broadband wireless on track to overtake wired

by Brian Turner

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Business intelligence provider, Informa Telecoms and Media, has released a new report which shows that wireless technologies are on track to overtake wired as the main method of broadband access for businesses, both in the UK and worldwide.

The report suggests that wired systems such as DSL and cable will remain popular among existing users, but new wireless technologies such as WiMAX, HSDPA and EV-DO will account for the majority of new broadband uptake.

Informa predicts that by 2012 49 per cent of all broadband platforms will use wireless technologies, compared with 17 per cent in 2007.

WiMAX has grown significantly since August 2006, when Sprint Nextel unveiled plans for a US$2.5-3 billion Mobile WiMAX deployment.

Informa expects global Wimax user figures to increase from the current 4.23 million to over 60 million by 2012. Worldwide revenue from the system is expected to increase almost ten-fold over the same period.

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