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Mobile Device's Role in Broadband Growth

According to In-Stat's latest market study, successful growth within mobile broadband services requires three components -- users, infrastructure, and devices. The device sits in the middle of the relationship between the user and the network -- shaping how those two interact.

For example wireless femtocells will create new service opportunities for carriers that will help them win new subscribers. What is going on at the device level for 3G and WiMAX plays a major role in the type of services consumers will see in the future, reports the high-tech market research firm.

"Two of the biggest device trends in the cellular industry are dual-mode cellular/Wi-Fi phones and femtocells," says Daryl Schoolar, In-Stat analyst. "This trend can change how operators sell both voice and data services."

The In-Stat research covers the worldwide market for mobile services. It provides analysis of forecasts for mobile devices across 3G, WiMAX, and Wi-Fi. The ways in which devices have impacted the growth of WiBro in South Korea.

The study explores the three categories of WiMAX devices and how those different categories will employ different services, and the ways in which business IT has been impacted by the increasing number of mobile data devices -- especially Wi-Fi.

In-Stat's market study found the following:

- Dual-mode Wi-Fi cellular handsets' impact will be greater on data than voice.

- Growth in WiBRO services took off as device choices increased.

- Wi-Fi has become pervasive across all categories.

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