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Modern technologies are revolutionizing the way we work, play and interact. It is not an exaggeration to suggest that these disruptive technologies are altering the way we live and that, with every passing day, these disruptions are becoming greater. This trend has created new competitive threats as well as new opportunities in every walk of life.
The telecommunications industry is finding itself most affected by these developments. The human behavioural trait responsible for these unprecedented but welcoming tremors is ‘communication’.
WiMAX: THE SUBJECT
When this book was initially planned, WiMAX technology was new, unproven and the subject of much doubt and uncertainty. It held promise to be sure, but then so have many broadband wireless formats over the years, with little result. WiMAX is still very new and unproven, having only just seen initial deployments (in fixed formats) in service provider networks. The big difference, however, and the reason why WiMAX remains an area of technological promise is the push for standardization and equipment certification that has occurred over recent years. Even though commercial deployment and service introduction are still in their infancy, WiMAX is in a standardization and certification cycle that will potentially lower the costs of equipment production and pave the way for future iterations of the technology to be released and deployed more efficiently.
To truly understand WiMAX, one must wade through a mass of technical talk, market speak and plain old hype about what the specification can and cannot do. This book will outline how 802.16 technology works, how it is likely to evolve, what is driving the
technology, what it will realistically deliver and, just as critically, what it cannot achieve. It will also look at the equipment necessary to bring the market to life and analyse potential critics of the technology such as incumbent wireline and wireless network operators, competitive DSL suppliers and enterprises. The likely time frames for commercial availability of WiMAX products will be examined and the obstacles that stand in the way of widespread WiMAX adoption, ranging from spectrum issues to the competitive threat of 802.11 and 3G cellular technologies. This book will also look at how pricing pressures will be intense in this market, even for first-generation products.
The book will draw on some of the original research reports from a leading WiMAX analysis and research outfit, Research4Business (R4B), which provide the most comprehensive and up-to-date analysis ever undertaken on the WiMAX market. Based on information from direct interviews conducted with technology suppliers, service providers and investors with a direct interest in the WiMAX market, these reports provide an overview of everything linked to WiMAX. Having a grasp on this information was vital for as an author on this subject, and I am grateful to R4B.
The Business of WiMAX is a book which is a step in the direction of demystifying WiMAX. It is divided into four sections, each covering an important aspect of the subject. The heart of the book is an in-depth exploration of the business case for WiMAX, WiMAX business models and success strategies for the players.
Part One - Understanding WiMAX
This section provides an overview of WiMAX landscape and consists of three chapters.
Part Two - WiMAX Effect
This section provides a top-level view of solutions provided by WiMAX, their applications and the impact and consists of three chapters.
Part Three - WiMAX Business
This section gives a business perspective of the subject, which includes a top-level view of the market, opportunity and economics of the subject and consists of three chapters.
Part Four - WiMAX Strategy
This section discusses Strategies for Success for various stakeholders and players in the WiMAX economy; it consists of four chapters, each covering a specific player.
Some detailed readings are also included on different topics that have been touched upon in the main text but not covered in full so as not to limit the audience. The Appendix provides a behind-the-scenes look at the process for certification, from technological tests right down to how the gear will be labelled once it is certified, as well as present proprietary broadband technologies and key market players.