Mobile WiMax subscribers are expected to reach 2 million by the end of 2009, according to a recent report from ABI Research. WiMax’s subscriber numbers are rising, but the picture is quite mixed, according to the report.
Clearwire, the majority share of which is owned by Sprint Nextel, now claims 173,000 subscribers, while Russia’s Yota reached 200,000 in October and PackOne, in Malaysia, claims 130,000 subscribers. Japan’s UQ Communications, however, is behind on its rollout, and in South Korea, subscriber numbers have stagnated, ABI reports.
“Mobile WIMax service providers around the world find themselves in very different situations,” wrote Philip Solis, an ABI analyst and WiMAX360 member.
“Some (operators) are mainly focused on fixed services for homes and businesses, while others are jumping feet first into mobile WiMax, offering a variety of external modems, laptops, netbooks and even handsets tied into HD multimedia services, as with Yota in Russia,” Solis continued. “Some have little fixed or mobile broadband competition, while others are competing directly against fixed and mobile broadband services.”
ABI Research will offer a 4G research service that will likely compete with Maravedis WiMAX Counts. A description of the service is at: