Microwave Journal

Market Study – WiMAX: The Broadband Wireless MAN

August 8, 2007

WiMAX, the Broadband Wireless MAN is a comprehensive, in-depth, analytical market study of WiMAX technology and the WiMAX market. It contains abundant tables and illustrations to facilitate an at-a-glance, clear understanding of the subject under discussion. Succinct profiles on WiMAX vendors, market thrust, and product profiles are included in this market study.

WiMAX, the Broadband Wireless MAN is produced by DAX Associates and published by the IGI Group. Periodic revisions will keep this study abreast of the growing WiMAX market.

What is WiMAX and Why is it Important?

WiMAX, the Broadband Wireless MAN defines and describes WiMAX, the exciting new broadband wireless access (BWA) technology for Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs) that is now being deployed by carriers and service providers on a global basis. It cites the importance and attractiveness of WiMAX as a subscriber-based, broadband wireless technology for fixed, portable, nomadic, and mobile applications with convergence for data, voice, and video (triple play) applications.

WiMAX Benefits - Extensive or Limited?

WiMAX, the Broadband Wireless MAN addresses the attributes and key benefits of WiMAX. It examines and evaluates the key attributes of WiMAX including bandwidth, scalability, range, area coverage, quality of service QoS, and application flexibility.

The Impact of WiMAX on Wi-Fi

WiMAX, the Broadband Wireless MAN cites the differences between the IEEE 802.11 Wi-Fi standard and the IEEE 802.16 WiMAX MAN standard and how WiMAX will impact Wi-Fi.

The Impact of IEEE 802.11n on WiMAX - Threat or Complement?

The IEEE having approved the 802.11n Draft Standard 2.0 for broadband Wi-Fi in March 2007, vendors are now developing and introducing Draft 2-based products that will impact both Wi-Fi and WiMAX. This report addresses the impact of the pending 802.11n standard and draft 2 based products on WiMAX.

WiMAX, The Driving Forces - What is Driving WiMAX?

WiMAX, the Broadband Wireless MAN cites and evaluates the forces that are driving the WiMAX market. It also addresses viable WiMAX applications.

Obstacles to the Growth of WiMAX – What Could Slow WiMAX Growth?

WiMAX, the Broadband Wireless MAN cites and addresses the major obstacles that may possibly impede or slow the progress of WiMAX growth.

Strategies for the Success of WiMAX – What Will Make WiMAX a Success?

WiMAX, the Broadband Wireless MAN addresses strategies for the success of WiMAX. It identifies and discusses tactics that will make WiMAX a successful and ubiquitous service.

WiMAX Market Forecast - How Big is the Market?

WiMAX, the Broadband Wireless MAN presents a market forecast that shows the expected growth of WIMAX over the next five years for investment purposes and for user planning. The forecast presents subscriber growth, revenue growth, world markets by region and more.

WiMAX Network Configuration - Components and Connections

WiMAX, the Broadband Wireless MAN defines the components within a WiMAX network. It also defines and explains the configuration of components within a WiMAX network, presenting a clear picture of how a WiMAX network is configured.

The 802.16 Standard and Amendments - What They All Address

WiMAX, the Broadband Wireless MAN addresses and defines the IEEE 802.16 standard and its several amendments. It explains the purpose of each amendment and where it applies. A timeline is included.

802.16 Physical & Media Access Layers - The Key to WiMAX

WiMAX, the Broadband Wireless MAN addresses in detail both the IEEE 802.16 MAC and Physical ISO Layers.

IEEE 802.16e and SOFDMA - What’s it All About?

WiMAX, the Broadband Wireless MAN addresses and explains the 802.16e standard amendment. It explains Scalable Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (SOFDMA) and its benefit. It addresses the optional use of Time Division Duplexing (TDD) or Frequency Division Duplexing (FDD) and explains each technique.. It also addresses and explains the use of Adaptive Modulation and Forward Error Correction. This section also defines the licensed and unlicensed WiMAX Frequency Bands and addresses the benefits of the licensed bands.

MIMO Advanced Antenna Technology - How it Benefits WiMAX

WiMAX, the Broadband Wireless MAN addresses and explains the use of Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) antenna technology and how it benefits WiMAX operation. It explains MIMO operation and design objectives with respect to multipath transmission. It also cites the many design techniques for MIMO antennas and presents their benefits.

WiMAX Security - How Secure is WiMAX?

WiMAX, the Broadband Wireless MAN addresses WiMAX security measures, including authentication and encryption. It evaluates the existing WiMAX security measures with regard to their strengths and weaknesses and raises security issues.

The WiMAX Forum and its Mission

WiMAX, the Broadband Wireless MAN addresses the mission of the WiMAX Forum, an alliance of vendors who are promoting WiMAX technology and testing WiMAX products to insure and certify their conformance to IEEE 802.16 standards and also interoperability with other WiMAX vendor products. This study explains the mission of The WiMAX Forum and describes the function and objective of each of its seven Working Groups.

Major WiMAX Competition - What are the Competing Technologies?

WiMAX, the Broadband Wireless MAN addresses the major competitive broadband wireless technologies, including GSM, WiBRO, ETSI HIPERMAN, UMTS-HSDPA, CDMA, and CDMA2000 EVDO. It presents the differences among these competitive wireless technologies and evaluates their performance against that of WiMAX.

WiMAX Vendor Profiles - Who is Who and Who Makes What?

WiMAX, the Broadband Wireless MAN includes a list of WIMAX vendors and their products along with vendor links. It also identifies WIMAX Certified products. This section presents WiMAX vendor profiles that include a succinct overview of each vendor, its market thrust, and a product overview. The vendor profiles include such major vendors as Intel, Motorola, SEQUANS Communications, and Siemens.

Information Critical to Needs

WiMAX, the Broadband Wireless MAN is critical to network consultants, planners, strategists, and prospective investors and developers of WiMAX who should be well informed about all aspects of the technology to insure that they make the right decisions. Current information is critical to network design and planning; product design and development, and product investment.

Prospective investors and developers of WIMAX technology should be cognizant of the facts presented in this report before making a significant investment decision to prevent costly mistakes. WiMAX, the Broadband Wireless MAN is a must for WiMAX prospects, investors, and consultants who need to be aware of the competition and the strengths and limitations of competitive products. It provides substantial savings by eliminating expensive market research.

WiMAX, the Broadband Wireless MAN contains information critical to the information needs of:

• WIMAX Service Providers & WISPs
• ILECs & CLECs
• Cellular Operators
• WiMAX Semiconductor & Equipment Vendors
• Cable Operators
• Presidents and CEOs
• CIOs and CFOs
• Network planners and strategists
• Network managers and administrators
• Network software and applications developers
• Network equipment makers
• Investment and venture capitalists
• Consultants
• Strategic and long range planners
• Network equipment vendors

Table of Contents

Executive Summary
• WiMAX Impact on Wi-Fi
• The Impact of IEEE 802.11n on WiMAX and Wi-Fi
• WiMAX Applications
• The Mission of the WiMAX Forum
• WiMAX Standards
• Large WiMAX Investors
• Cellular Carriers

Broadband Wireless Access for Metropolitan Area Networks
• What is WiMAX and Why is it Important?
• WiMAX Benefits
• The Impact of WiMAX on Wi-Fi
• The Impact of IEEE 802.11n on WiMAX
• WiMAX Market Drivers
• Obstacles to the Growth of WiMAX
• Strategies for the Success of WiMAX

• WiMAX Market Forecast
– Expected WiMAX 5-Year Growth
– Expected WiMAX Subscriber Growth
– Expected WiMAX Revenue Growth
– WiMAX World Market Growth by Region
– WiMAX Forecast Conclusion

• WiMAX Network Configuration
• The IEEE 802.16 Standard and Amendments
– IEEE 802.16 Application and Parameters Defined
– IEEE 802.16 Amendment Applications Defined

• 802.16 Media and Physical Access Layers
– The Media Layer
– The Physical Layer

• IEEE 802.16e and SOFDMA
• Time Division Duplexing (TDD)
• Frequency Division Duplexing (FDD)
• Adaptive Modulation
• Forward Error Correction

• WiMAX Frequency Bands
– Licensed Frequency Bands
– Advantages and Disadvantages
– Unlicensed Frequency Bands
– Advantages and Disadvantages

• MIMO Advanced Antenna Technology
– Space Time Transmit Diversity
– Spacial Multiplexing
– Collaborative MIMO Link
– Conclusion

• WiMAX Backhaul Network
– Network Configuration and Description
– Mesh Network Architecture
– Conclusion

• WiMAX Security and Security Issues
– Privacy Key Management
– X.509 Certificate
– EAP Authentication
– Security Issues

• Competitive BWA Technologies
– GSM
– WiBro
– ETSI HIPERMAN
– UMTS-HSDPA
– CDMA
– CDMA2000 EVDO

• The WIMAX Forum and its Mission
• WIMAX Vendor/Product Profile