Wi-Fi to hold its own against WiMax 'past 2009'

Summary:WiMax's popularity will explode over the next three years, according to Infonetics, but it's not going to come close to Wi-Fi for a while

Revenues from WiMax equipment are set for impressive growth, analysts report, but will continue to lag behind those from Wi-Fi.

Research company Infonetics predicts WiMax will reach revenues of $142m (£81.7m) this year, shooting up to $1.6bn by 2009.

While the milestone is an important one for the long-range broadband technology, revenues from WiMax pale in comparison to those from Wi-Fi, which jumped 10 percent year-on-year to reach $2.4bn.

Infonetics expects the Wi-Fi market to be worth $3.9bn before the end of the decade, largely driven by the enterprise segment, which will see a 120 percent jump in revenue between 2005 and 2009.

Topics: Networking

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Jo Best has been covering IT for the best part of a decade for publications including silicon.com, Guardian Government Computing and ZDNet in both London and Sydney.

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