In the fourth quarter of 2010, WiMAX garnered 3.7 million new subscribers, and 5.5 million will be added in 2011, according to the 13th issue of the 4GCounts Quarterly Report from Maravedis, a Montreal-based wireless market research and analysis company.

WiMAX is a telecommunications protocol that provides fixed and mobile Internet access. With more than 600 deployments, 213 devices and 61 base stations certified, the global WiMAX industry accounted for more than 13 million subscribers at the end of the fourth quarter of 2010. However, the top 50 WiMAX operators accounted for an accumulated 8.34 million subscribers, indicating this is a highly concentrated industry. Maravedis predicts the BWA/WiMAX subscriber base will reach 18.5 million by the end of 2011, while long-term evolution (LTE) subscribers will reach 6.5 million.

“As several 4G spectrum auctions take place in the first half of 2011 (mainly in Europe), more operators will feel the need to confirm their plans regarding LTE,” said Esteban Monturus, co-author of the report.
Mobile data traffic continues to grow, and monitoring WiMAX trends could be a benefit to contractors specializing in cabling and wireless technology.