MANHASSET, N.Y. Sales of WiMAX equipment are slated to grow from $72 million in 2005 to just over $2 billion in 2009, at a compound annual growth rate of 130 percent, according to a study by Forward Concepts.
The study, which also surveys the wireless LAN equipment and chip markets, expects the emerging 802.16e systems to provide mobile WiMAX capability lacking in current fixed 802.16d systems.
Sales of 802.16e-compliant chipsets are also expected to drive up overall WiMAX chipset revenue from $5.4 million in 2005 to $489 million in 2009, a 209 percent compound annual growth rate, according to the study.
Elsewhere, the study expects global shipments of wireless LAN equipment to grow 6 percent to $5.2 billion in 2005. Sales are slated to reach $5.9 billion in 2006, despite ongoing equipment price drops, as IEEE 802.11n and VoWi-Fi equipment emerges and the infrastructure for traditional Wi-Fi expands.
The report also discusses new markets enabled by WLAN technology, including VoWi-Fi phones and the growth of converged WLAN/cellphones and
home multimedia TV networks. It also forecasts the embedded WLAN markets for those applications, along with notebooks, PDAs, and security cameras.