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The increasing internet penetration in developing countries, spur in the demand of wireless networks, in addition to growing affordability of faster networks is driving the growth of the global WiMax solutions market. Moreover in the last couple of years, the capital investment in WiMax solutions has increased as the network providers aim to gain competitive advantage through this technology in the coming years.
The residential and personal segment is expected to be the major growth drivers for the WiMax solutions market. The portability of WiMax solutions with fixed and mobile network has increased its market penetration in Wi-Fi services for both indoor and outdoor application. The usage of internet, mobile hot spots, and Wi-Fi has witnessed elevated growth in the developing countries, owing to the affordability of mobile devices, such as smartphones, tablets and laptops. WiMax offers high speed video streaming, high speed data streaming, and data transfer capability. Moreover, WiMax offers superior network consistency in addition to high network security, owing to its data encryption method. It allows internet service providers to manage the data traffic on per subscriber service agreement. These solutions are cost effective, as compared to 3G and 2G wireless services. The increasing community internet services in urban areas, along with the government initiatives towards digitization in developing countries is expected to propel the growth of the WiMax solutions market in the coming years. However the technical issues, such as signal interruption, high power consumption, in addition to high installation and maintenance cost is expected to hamper the growth of the market during the forecast period.
The emerging market has witnessed about 10% increase in the broadband penetration in the last few years. According to Brookings Institution (U.S.), there was 1% growth in the internet broadband penetration in the U.S. The increased penetration of 5G communication technologies in the developed market is expected to boost the adoption of new applications, such as telemedicine, intelligent transportation, and digital signage. The growing need of internet connectivity on the move, owing to the busy lifestyle is enabling the array of WiMaX equipped mobile devices, such as MP3 players, tablets and laptop. The government in developing countries is focusing on e-healthcare services for rural areas. The significant captive investment in internet infrastructure is expected in the developing countries, during the forecast period which in turn expected to drive the growth of the WiMax solutions market.
North America accounted for the majority share of the WiMax solutions market in 2014. The region is expected to maintain its market dominance during the forecast period, owing to large tech savvy consumer base in the region. Asia-Pacific is expected to be the fastest growing market during the forecast period, owing to higher internet penetration in China, India, and Indonesia. Moreover, the increasing government funding for the information and communication infrastructure in the region is expected to boost the demand of WiMax solutions in the coming years. The WiMax solutions market in Europe is expected to be driven by the strict government regulations related to broadband services, such as deregulating local frequency spectrum.
The WiMax solutions market is highly consolidated. The top three players in the market accounted for more than 50% share of the global market in 2014. Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. accounted for the largest market share in 2014. Some of the competitors in the market are Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., Fujitsu Ltd., Intel, ZTE Corporation, Packet One Network, Alcatel-Lucent, AirSpan Networks, Xilinx Inc., and Beceem Communications.
Global WiMax Solutions Market Segmentation
By Frequency Band