Advanced wireless networks---3G and 4G---will represent 30 percent of global wireless subscriptions, up from 11 percent at the end of 2008, according to research firm In-Stat.
Despite all of the chatter about advanced wireless services In-Stat's research is an eye-opener. In the tech crowd one would assume that 3G services had a wider footprint across the globe.
In-Stat's report raises a few interesting points. Among them:
- WiMax is likely to be attractive in developing markets and remote areas without fixed broadband service. Where 3G networks already exist---like the U.S. and Europe---WiMax is more of a wild card.
- WiMax to date hasn't been deployed widely for data applications with Clearwire, Korea Telecom and UQ of Japan being exceptions.
- The fourth quarter featured 132 deployments covering the mostly high speed packet access (HSPA), which accounted for 95 of those rollouts. Going forward, In-Stat said it expected most live deployments to be WiMax and HSPA.
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