Asia-Pacific WiMAX equipment market to generate $2 bln by 2009

Though WiMAX faces several key challenges in the Asia Pacific market, its subscriber base will grow from over 80,000 in 2005 to over 3.8 mln by 2009, reports In-Stat. In 2009, Asia Pacific WiMAX subscribers will account for 45% of the world total. South Korea is estimated to contribute over 40% of the regional WiMAX equipment revenue in 2009, followed by China with 34% and Japan with 17%. South Korea will also boast the highest WiMAX service revenue in 2009, due to its sophisticated broadband content/application industry, which results in higher ARPU. By 2009, Asia/Pacific WiMAX equipment spending will account for $1,988.2 mln.