WiMax Struggles For Broadband Share
The WiMax Market has, by and large, remained un-utilized till today. There has been a large race going on, among the various mobile operators, to conquer this market. The technology cost is pretty high and several pre requisites, such as coverage matter have to be taken care of in the run. The global analysis firm, Ovum, have claimed that the hunt is not a struggle for capturing mass market, but for the competition issues.
The WiMax has endeavored to make a standing in the grown-up markets of Europe, North America and Asia. The Ovum is expecting to gain a hold in the emerging market now. The matter did not turn out to be as expected due to the factors such as cost, vendor support, coverage and the service provider. The limited number of service provider’s options did not allow WiMax to capture the market.
According to Angel Dobardziev, the practice leader of Ovum , said that there have been more than 300 networks of the firm globally. Around two third of this share is in the emerging markets such as Africa, Asia, Middle East, Eastern Europe and Latin America. Even after this effort, the company has failed to attain its target if hundreds of thousands of subscribers. They have only managed to get only thousands or a bit higher, to the range of tens of thousands of subscribers by now.
Mr. Dobardziev suggested that one of the options for lower number of consumers is due to the fact that the WiMax is more expensive than other equipments such as DSL and HSPA. Thus the product gets limited to the wealthy.
Beside this, the company has declared that Wimax will attain its place in the market by 2014 and will be winning a consumer number lesser than 5 percent of 1.5 billion mobile and fixed broadband connections. Mr. Dobardziev also pointed out that most of the consumers of the firm will, mostly, be in the urban market where it has to face competition with DSL and HSPA/EV-DO and also with fiber services such as FTTx Services. He also mentioned that the firm will be cost-competitors in the coming five years.
In spite of this, the company said that WiMax will be a regular intruder in the broadband internet market, but the effect caused by its presence will be insignificant in comparison to the ancestral owners of the market.