WiMAX Modems and Gateways to be 50% of the WiMAX Chipset Market

WiMAX modems and gateways will dominate the WiMAX chipset market, representing nearly 50% of the market on a unit basis in 2013, according to new research from In-Stat ( Other key equipment segments for WiMAX chipsets include external modules, mobile PCs, base stations, handsets and other portable devices.  Overall, In-Stat expects the WiMAX chipset revenue to reach $352 million by 2013.

WiMAX is not a mere niche technology to fill a void until LTE is up and running, but a complementary solution for providing last mile wireless broadband access and a true mobile Internet solution. WiMAX chipset technology has already moved beyond multiple chips to single chips solutions that integrate the baseband processor chip with the RF radio. A small group of semiconductor manufacturers have already emerged as leaders in this growing segment.

Recent research by In-Stat found the following:

  • WiMAX chipset vendors Beceem, GCT, Intel, and Sequans have emerged to lead the market.

  • Both WiMAX and LTE have advantages and disadvantages, but In-Stat believes that the technologies will coexist in the future.

  • WiMAX stands to benefit from government stimulus and rural broadband initiatives.  WiMAX's relative maturity positions it favorably for 'shovel ready' projects.  

This Market Alert is drawn from the In-Stat research,  WiMAX Chipsets: "e" Is the New Black (#IN1004528WBB), which covers the worldwide market for WiMAX chipsets. It includes:

  • Examination of the current state of WiMAX technology and applications along with competing technologies.
  • Analysis of regional opportunities.
  • Forecasts of WiMAX chipset unit shipments, revenue, and average selling prices through 2013.
  • Profiles of key WiMAX chipset vendors: Beceem Communications, GCT Semiconductor, Intel, and Sequans Communications.
For a free sample of the reports and more information, please contact Elaine Potter at: or (480) 483-4441

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This research is part of In-Stat's Wireless Broadband Evolution service, which provides end-to-end coverage of the technologies and strategies for the development and deployment of future wireless technologies, such as HSPA, LTE, WiMAX and Enhanced Wireless DSL. The coverage includes the infrastructure, devices, services, and subscribers for wireless broadband.

Related In-Stat research:

Global Wi-Fi Chipset Forecast and Analysis: 2007 to 2013

Mobile Graphics & Multimedia Review

3Q09 WiMAX/LTE Contracts, Deployments, Infrastructures, and Subscriptions Database

Mobile WiMAX Devices—2009 Global Mid-Year Update

The Road to LTE: Is WiMAX Really the Enemy?, #IN1004525WBB, coming January 2010

LTE Semiconductors, #IN1004522WBB, coming February 2010

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