14.9 mln WiMAX users by 2009

The number of worldwide WiMAX users is forecasted to reach 14.9 mln in 2009, creating over $13.8 bln dollars in service revenues for WiMAX market, Research and Markets reports. WiMAX is expected to become a predominant portion of the broadband wireless access market by 2009 because of the wide support it has achieved from leading equipment vendors. The Asia-Pacific region has the largest share in terms of WiMAX subscribers, attributed to large population and emerging nature of economies in the region. The regions like Eastern Europe and Latin America are increasingly adapting to WiMAX technology due to less broadband penetration level. In more developed regions like in Western Europe, WiMAX adoption has been slow due to the high levels of broadband penetration. North America is by far the leading region in terms of the number of WiMAX licences, with a total of 394 WiMAX license holders.