A new report from market research firm Infonetics Research indicates that the WiMAX equipment market is one of the few areas of the mobile infrastructure market to see a dramatic uptick in revenue growth year over year in the first quarter.
While the rest of the mobile infrastructure market (2G/3G/4G) saw a 14.4% year-over-year increase in revenues during the first quarter, WiMAX saw a 49% increase year over year. The performance was driven by the expansion of existing networks and by the growing utility and smart-grid segment, which, according to Richard Webb, directing analyst for WiMAX at Infonetics Research, “is proving fruitful for WiMAX vendors.”
Better Internet access and bandwidth will help Africa grow and prosper – and there are a number of initiatives on the go to make this a reality.
“Africa, on the whole, is still not experiencing the benefits of direct internet access and increased bandwidth as is being enjoyed in South Africa,” says Winston Smith, MD of Alvarion Southern Africa and Nigeria. “This is due to the huge costs involved in bringing fibre optic cables inland to service inland African countries.”
However, a number of new projects planned to commence in 2011 will help to reverse this trend and help Africa to benefit from increased internet access and bandwidth.