8.5 mln WiMAX subscribers by 2009

By 2009, In-Stat forecasts that approximately 3% of total broadband subscribers, or 8.5 mln subscribers worldwide, will be using WiMAX-based broadband wireless access services. Nearly 4.5 mln of these wireless broadband subscribers will also subscribe to Voice over WiMAX (VoWiMAX) services. A maximum 15% market share is likely available to BWA operators in metropolitan areas. Emerging country markets typically have antiquated technology, poor quality outside plant, and limited public network capacity. WiMAX is especially well suited to these applications.