Canada - BWA/WiMAX subscribers worldwide reached 2.68 million in Q3 2008 a modest 13% growth over the previous quarter and a 91% increase over Q3 2007, according to the 6th issue of the WiMAXCounts Quarterly Report from Maravedis ( http://www.maravedis-bwa.com ).
Global service revenue growth is losing pace as WiMAX operators experience ARPU stagnation and slowing down, or even decline in WiMAX adoption. The economic downturn is accelerating the shift in consumer spending towards flat rates for broadband wireless.
Adlane Fellah, CEO & Founder, remarked “these are tough times for mobile WiMAX - vendors and leading operators are struggling to fund their WiMAX plans.”
“The picture is not all bleak however. The growth rate for the deployment of base station sectors continues to outpace the growth of CPEs deployed,” noted Cintia Garza, co-author of the report.
“It is important to keep in mind that WiMAX is just now entering a phase of commercial availability that makes volume applications including machine to machine, utility monitoring, metro-wide mobile broadband and embedded consumer applications feasible. In addition, the lean WiMAX ecosystem has already reached price points for ICs, modules and devices to compete in volume markets,” added Robert Syputa, Senior Partner.
According to the report, the average subscriber base per deployment remains very modest at 15,000 and contributes to the lack of volumes facing the emerging device ecosystem. Q3 2008 ARPU was US$46.45 (residential) and US$125.48 (business), compared to US$46.70 and US$135.30 in Q2 2008.