The WiMAX Forum projects more than 133 million WiMAX users globally by 2012. The forecast is based on the results of an independently commissioned research study to be published in April 2008. Additional data from the study estimates that approximately 70 percent of the forecasted WiMAX users by 2012 will use mobile and portable WiMAX devices to access broadband Internet services.
The report entitled, WiMAX Forum Worldwide Subscriber and User Forecasts, examines the progress of WiMAX service providers, equipment vendors, content developers and users in regions around the world. The preliminary results were released at CTIA Wireless in Las Vegas.
According to the study, a key driver of WiMAX subscriber and user growth will be the adoption of WiMAX technology in specific regions, including Asia Pacific and the Americas, where it is anticipated to be the leading technology selected to deliver broadband Internet access to a greater geography of these regional populations.
The first Mobile WiMAX certified products are expected to achieve certification in Q2 2008. The WiMAX Forum estimates that by 2011 there will be more than 1,000 Mobile WiMAX Forum Certified products found throughout the world.