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APAC WiMAX Adoption Forecast

Though WiMAX faces several key challenges in the Asia Pacific market, its subscriber base will grow from over 80,000 in 2005 to over 3.8 million by 2009, reports In-Stat. In 2009, Asia Pacific WiMAX subscribers will account for 45 percent of the world total.

"Issues that may hamper the adoption of WiMAX networks in the region include spectrum regulation that varies significantly across countries and competition on mobility from other technologies," says Bryan Wang, an In-Stat Content Manager based in Asia. "Meanwhile, fixed wireless operators are not very enthusiastic about WiMAX after having been burned by last-mile promises in the past. Vendors need to recruit a few high-profile operators to build real-world success stories early on."

In-Stat found the following:

- South Korea is estimated to contribute over 40 percetn of the regional WiMAX equipment revenue in 2009, followed by China with 34 percent and Japan with 17 percent.
- South Korea will also boast the highest WiMAX service revenue in 2009, due to its sophisticated broadband content/application industry, which results in higher ARPU.
- By 2009, Asia/Pacific WiMAX equipment spending will account for US$1,988.2 million.

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