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WiMAX Forum® Projects Over 800 Million People to Have Access to Next-Generation WiMAX Networks by 2010
Posted: 12-Feb-2009 [Source: WiMAX Forum]

[WiMAX Forum announces WiMAX providers offer networks covering 430 million people globally.]

Portland, OR -- The WiMAX Forum® announced today that WiMAX Service Providers now offer networks covering 430 million people, or POPS, globally and are on a path to nearly double to 800 million people by end of 2010. In addition, global WiMAX network deployments are approaching 460 in more than 135 countries for fixed, portable, and mobile networks. The WiMAX Forum also met key milestones with the first Mobile WiMAX™ 3.5GHz products receiving the WiMAX Forum Certified™ seal of approval.

“WiMAX coverage is here now and is the catalyst in the global marketplace to deliver 4G broadband Internet access to countries that don’t want to wait,” said Ron Resnick, president and chairman of the WiMAX Forum. “These new deployment numbers reveal the mobile Internet WiMAX ecosystem has achieved strong growth and will continue to satisfy the market demand to deliver high-speed broadband services in 2009. Certified products in the 3.5 GHz band will now give more operators access to the equipment and devices needed to deliver mobile broadband services.”

With more than 430 million POPS already covered by WiMAX services, and new spectrum licenses anticipated to be allocated in countries such as Brazil and India, WiMAX Forum expects to see accelerated growth of WiMAX’s global footprint in 2009. And, the ecosystem can expect to see continued subscriber growth as consumers and enterprises recognize the availability of WiMAX as a high-speed low-cost alternative to other Internet technologies.

During a teleconference today, Intel highlighted the WiMAX Forum findings, as well as additional global WiMAX news and momentum.

“After several years in development, 2008 was the year that WiMAX became a global reality,” said Sean Maloney, executive vice president, Intel. “In both emerging markets and mature countries, companies and governments are deploying 4G WiMAX networks to help bridge the digital divide and bring affordable, super-fast mobile broadband to their citizens. As countries look to accelerate broadband in 2009 to address economic recovery, WiMAX is ready – it’s the right technology at the right time. There is no need to wait - WiMAX is a reality today.”

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