According to the latest report from Maravedis, approximately 1.45 million WiMAX subscribers were added worldwide during 2008, while the WCDMA subscriber base increased by more than 90 million. The average quarter-over-quarter subscriber growth rate in 2008 was 21.5%.
Total BWA/WiMAX revenues for 2008 totaled US$1.82 billion (US$898.78 million in 2007), which represents a 102% annual revenue increase despite the economic downturn that began affecting operator revenues in Q3 2008.
“2008 was a difficult year for most WiMAX vendors, which accelerated both market consolidation and niche specialization in order to survive the downturn, [...] Because many operators are planning to deploy mobile WiMAX equipment, devices based on 802.16-2004 experienced a slow down” said Cintia Garza, coauthor of the report and 4GCounts team leader.
“Government and service industries are expected to be the top spenders on vertical applications. As WiMAX operators roll out their networks worldwide, increased availability of coverage will accelerate adoption of vertical services,” noted Basharat Ashai, co-author of the report.
Additional Key findings :
- The Middle East and Africa were the fastest growing regions for WiMAX in 2008.
- Operators across all regions generated residential and business ARPUs of US$43.8 and US$122 respectively.
- The number of base station sectors deployed during Q4 2008 totaled 138,162; an increase of 14% from 121,269 the previous quarter.
- Operators have faced various problems when deploying their base stations, including a lack of capacity.
- One of the largest deployments we expect in terms of numbers of CPEs and base stations sectors installed is BSNL (India).