WiMAX World Europe opened with the Yankee Group Mobile Broadband Executive Summit 2007′s pre-conference proceedings with a provocative presentation by Berge Ayvazian, Chief Strategy Officer, Yankee Group and Caroline Gabriel, Research Director, Rethink Research Associates, and an interactive panel discussion among emerging mobile broadband service providers. “WiMAX and Wireless Broadband in EMEA: State of The Industry” revealed service provider concerns that the vendor community could significantly delay the launch of mobile broadband networks based on 802.16e technologies.
Speaking to the 300+ pre-Conference attendees, Mr. Ayvazian described the “Anywhere Internet” as a “far-reaching, ever-present, high-capacity, Mobile Broadband IP network.” The Anywhere Internet will satisfy the needs of consumers and enterprises alike and will transform the way people work and do business. At the intersection of high speed broadband and high mobility, the Anywhere Internet will incorporate a variety of technologies.
Ms. Gabriel reported to attendees that a recent survey revealed that “convergence will account for 19% of Mobile Broadband Wireless Access (MBWA) service provider spend in 2007 and will increase to 55% in 2009.” With over 400 service providers potentially vying to generate revenue from the Mobile Internet, challenging status quo business models will be a must. Mobile Internet will dramatically change the way their services are delivered and will enable 3rd party providers to directly deliver their own services. However, a number of the service providers surveyed expressed that any further vendor failure to deliver Mobile WiMAX infrastructure could significantly disrupt service provider deployment plans.
Reinforcing that key point, Peter Ziegelwanger, CTO, WiMAX Telecom, a leading pan European Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) operator, shared the expectation that WiMAX infrastructure is 10X cheaper per Mb/s than 3G technology. He cited OFDMA(R) (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access), Multiple Input/Multiple Output (MIMO) and beamforming technologies as playing important roles in driving WiMAX’s lower infrastructure cost.
Yankee Group’s Enabling Technologies Research Vice President, Phil Marshall, hosted a technology keynote by Qualcomm and roundtable that set the stage for the Great Debate on Mobile WiMAX vs. LTE slated for Thursday May 31. Chairman and President of Trendsmedia, the Events and Publishing Division of Yankee Group Research, Eliot Weinman, underscored the importance of a strong industry ecosystem. “Mobile device manufacturers are being challenged to provide a ubiquitous single device, single interface experience with network agnostic connectivity. Whether developing chipsets or applications the industry needs to recognize the device as an extension of the user.”
Gerard MacNamee, CTO UK Broadband, a wholly-owned subsidiary of PCCW, the largest telecoms provider in Hong Kong, identified 3 necessary enablers of the Anywhere Internet as: indispensable content, a next generation of devices and low cost, flat-rate broadband services. He cited WiMAX’s key role in delivering low cost per GByte access. Precise targeting of users and a highly accurate network prediction model has allowed UK Broadband to deliver a high performance, low cost, low footprint network solution.
Taher Bouzayan, Head of Regulatory Affairs, for Tunisiana, Tunisia’s first, private, voice-centric GSM operator, stated that they have observed Average Revenue per User (ARPU) reduced by nearly 50% from 2003 to 2006. Fierce competition and a 60% penetration rate in Tunisia’s 2 player market suggests that delivering Anywhere Internet will be critical for upstarts and current service providers alike.
“WiMAX World Europe has once again proven its ability to attract a strong representation of Network Operators from all over Europe, the Middle East and Africa”, said Kevin Suitor, VP Marketing and Business Development at Redline Communications. “The quality of the session content and questions asked by conference delegates is a clear indication that WiMAX technology is alive and kicking in Europe. In comparison to other WiMAX focused events held this year, WiMAX World Europe has the greatest attendee draw and is the place to do business.”
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WiMAX World Conference & Expo is the largest event series in the world focused on WiMAX and mobile broadband. WiMAX World Conference & Expo is dedicated to providing a balanced view of where WiMAX stands today and what role it will play in the future of one of the fastest-growing market segments in the world – wireless and mobile broadband. WiMAX World incorporates all of today’s converging and diverging issues surrounding WiMAX and mobile broadband. WiMAX World provides a comprehensive view of all the related technologies, as well as regulatory and spectrum challenges, and the business opportunities and risks as they relate to all the key constituencies involved in this critical marketplace. In 2007, WiMAX World will be produced in Asia, Europe and the United States.
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