Alcatel-Lucent, Motorola top global mobile WiMAX revenue

WiMAX market shows unabated growth in 2008

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By  Sean Robson Published  September 9, 2008

According to Infonetics latest report, the two companies account for more than 75% of the global mobile WiMAX revenue in the first half of 2008.

Mobile operators Alcatel-Lucent and Motorola accounted for more than 75% of the worldwide mobile WiMAX revenue in the first half of 2008, according to a report by research firm Infonetics,

Alcatel-Lucent is the big gainer in the market as it more than doubled it revenue, while Motorola delivered a considerable increase. The report states that the growth for both companies is reflective of the market, which is expected to triple in size by the end of 2008.

“Alcatel-Lucent’s gain was due mainly to a dramatic increase in access service network (ASN) gateway shipments, having shipped more than six times its nearest rival, Motorola. These shipments make ALU the first major integrated vendor to reap the rewards of an open WiMAX policy, a policy that enables vendors to sell ASN gateways into networks where they are not necessarily the base station vendor,” said Richard Webb, wireless analyst for Infonetics Research.

In terms of fixed WiMAX, Alvarion is on top of the heap with almost a quarter of the market share.

The Infonetics report states that fixed and mobile WiMAX equipment revenue worldwide topped US$402 million in the second quarter of 2008, up 3% from the beginning of the year. As the overall WiMAX market continues to gain momentum, double-digit growth is expected to continue through 2008 as more WiMAX networks are rolled out and scaled up.

Developing countries are the engine for WiMAX market growth, with Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Central and Latin America, and parts of the Asia Pacific being hot-beds of activity.

In particular, India, Russia and Brazil are fast-moving markets with numerous active WiMAX operators and large populations and market conditions to give potential for strong growth.

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