WiMAX modems and gateways to dominate the market
WiMAX modems and gateways are expected to dominate the WiMAX chipset market, accounting for nearly 50% of the unit market in 2013, according to a research from In-Stat.
Other key WiMAX chipset equipment segments include external modules, mobile PCs, base stations, handsets and other portable devices. In-Stat expects overall WiMAX chipset revenue to reach $352m by 2013.
According to the research, the WiMAX chipset vendors Beceem, GCT, Intel and Sequans have emerged to lead the market. Both WiMAX and LTE technologies will coexist in the future though they have advantages and disadvantages, while WiMAX is expected to benefit from government stimulus and rural broadband initiatives.
Jim McGregor, analyst at In-Stat, said: “WiMAX is not a mere niche technology to fill a void until LTE is up and running, but a complementary solution providing last mile wireless broadband access and a true mobile internet solution.
“WiMAX chipset technology has already moved beyond multiple chips to single chip solutions integrating the baseband functionality with the RF radio. A small group of semiconductor manufacturers have already emerged as leaders in this growing segment.”