Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Maravedis and Tonse Predict WiMAX Subscribers in INDIA to Reach 21 Million by 2014

Leading telecom market research and analyst firm Maravedis, in partnership with Tonse Telecom, released the 2nd Edition of "INDIA Wireless Broadband and WiMAX Market Analysis and Forecasts 2007-2014" providing detailed review of regulatory challenges and overall wireless/WiMAX market trends in India.

"Operators are unwilling to wait--2008 may become the 'Year of Wireless Broadband' in India and fulfill the expectations anticipated in 2007," said Sridhar Pai, co-author of the report and founder of Tonse Telecom.

Maravedis estimates up to 21 million WiMAX subscribers in India by 2014. According to the report, the steady CPE price reduction significantly impacted the potential ARPU, favorably changing the market perspective. "Companies like Telsima reduced the CPE price by 50% as early as Q2-2007. Consequently, carriers like Reliance, started commercial services in Bangalore and has RFPs on the way, but there are more large-scale deployments to come," said Adlane Fellah, CEO of Maravedis.

"If some of the larger projects go through, we estimate that in the next 12 months, about 10,000--12,000 base stations sectors and 500,000 CPEs will be sold in India" said Pai. "Given the bulk discounts expected by operators, the CPE/BS for 2008 may reach $50 to $120 million. A substantial jump over the previous year and could be just the beginning of what might become one of the world's top three WiMAX markets," added Fellah.


1. WiMAX-enabled notebooks and handheld device shipments will reach 14 million units in 2014.

2. WiMAX-enabled stand-alone CPE shipments will peak at 3.6 million units in 2012.

3. By 2014, approximately 66% of WiMAX subscribers will be using 802.16-2005 while 802.16-2004 will continue to be driven by large corporations and, to a lesser extent, by SME customers.

4. India is expected to see the costs driven down faster than in any other market.


Maravedis is a leading research and analysis firm focusing on BWA technologies including WiMAX, 802.20, TD-CDMA and Wireless Local Loop.


Tonse Telecom delivers research, analysis and consulting services for the Indian telecom sector. Tonse is headquartered in Bangalore, India.

Maravedis is a trademark of Maravedis Inc. All other Trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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