As of today, 823 million people are already covered and the growth of the WiMAX industry follows the estimations. Likewise, exponential growth also concerns the WiMAX subscriber base, carried by the great results of major WiMAX service providers. In the US, Clearwire announced an additional 1.8 million subscribers just for the first quarter of 2011, while UQ Communications (Japan) grew by 600 percent over the past six months. On a world basis, the number of subscribers reached 17.25 million which represents a growth of about 20 percent between Q4 2010 and the end of Q1 2011.
Carried by the increasing number of people to serve, the WiMAX market develops at the same very rapid rate. More than 150 countries take part in the global market for WiMAX equipement and it will reach $6.9 billion in 2014. This growth can be explained by the acceptance of WiMAX in other industry sectors to carry out communication needs. Whether it consists in covering cities with wireless broadband access or as an M2M communication device for smart grid projects, WiMAX is becoming a standard technology in multiple areas.
The WiMAX industry’s momentum relies on the fact that WiMAX is an interoperable technology with a wide available spectrum allowing high speed data transfers and giving companies a competitive advantage over traditional 3G or cable-using competitors.