Analyst Handicaps WiMAX Market, Picks Early LeadersBy Mark Hachman | Posted 2005-09-09 Email Print
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Forward Concepts, known for their expertise in the DSP space, has entered the WiMAX forecasting market with a report predicting that the technology will be worth $2 billion in 2009. Analysts also handicapped some early frontrunners.Forward Concepts, known for their expertise in the DSP space, has entered the WiMAX forecasting market with a report predicting that the technology will be worth $2 billion in 2009.
Since the technology is still in its nascent state, the firm predicts that WiMAX chip revenues will total just $5.4 million this year. Still, Forward Concepts also predicted that traditional Wi-Fi WLAN products would generate $5.2 billion in 2005 sales alone, evidence that the WiMAX market still has a ways to mature.
While some analysts have wondered whether WiMAX will end up competing with HSDPA and other next-generation cellular technologies, Forward Concepts analyst Carter Horney has taken the opposing view.
However, "the PHY/MAC chip leaders on the CPE (client) side of the current 'fixed' point-to-multipoint market, defined by IEEE 802.16-2004 (but popularly known as 802.11d) are clearly..."
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