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India's WiMAX subscribers to top 13 million by 2013

Research firms Maravedis and Tonse Telecom have released the third edition of their India Wireless Broadband and WiMAX Market Analysis and Forecasts, 2009-2013 report. They predict reasonable growth in the WiMAX sector by 2013.

Deployment of 3G and WiMAX streams will generate a reasonable user base over the next five-year period, before noticeable LTE deployments begin to make an impact in India. In partnership with Indian telecom market research and analysis firm Tonse Telecom Maravedis has just released the third edition of India Wireless Broadband and WiMAX Market Analysis and Forecasts, 2009-2013.

While the global economy is lying dormant, demand for telecommunications services in India continues to fuel significant growth in the sector. "We estimate that in 2008, approximately 10,000 BWA/WiMAX base station sectors were deployed in total. Currently there are about 300,000 BWA/WiMAX subscribers already using these services," Sridhar Pai, co-author of the report and Tonse Telecom CEO, noted. "Despite delayed spectrum auctions that are impeding tremendous economic drivage, 3G/BWA/WiMAX network activity is already on a roll," he added. "For the severely under-served Indian broadband market, demand for wireless broadband connectivity continues across all sectors: retail, SOHO, SMEs and large enterprises alike."

According to the report, the big push will be seen post-spectrum auctions: "...Aided by pre-allocation in the 2.5GHz band, incumbents are already developing massive national rollout plans for both 3G and WiMAX. Expect significant pan-India deployments from other successful auction bidders," said Maravedis CEO Adlane Fellah. "Wireless CAPEX has already reached US$sub-100 levels per line, thereby confirming the primary transport technology will be wireless," added Fellah.

India Wireless Broadband and WiMAX Market Analysis and Forecasts, 2009-2013 yields some key findings:

  • Internet access is still the big broadband driver in India, with wireless broadband becoming the clear option owing to economics and ease of deployment;
  • innovative business models such as public-private partnerships will emerge, together with low cost devices and a vibrant ecosystem.
  • BWA operators have yet to resolve many service quality issues;
  • India is expected to see the world's lowest end-to-end cost for WiMAX services, with costs driven down faster than in any other market;
  • computer penetration is still very low and the Indian telecom sector operates in a volume-driven market; and

Tonse Telecom provides market entry, custom research, investment advisory and product consulting services to wireless and telecom companies both in India and overseas. It is also a telecom training partner for consulting houses in India and provides executive market briefing services. The company is headquartered in Bangalore.

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