Connections +
Feature

Dramatic growth in broadband wireless predicted

Worldwide service revenues for broadband wireless will be worth $42 billion in five years time, according to a new report by ARC Group, Surrey, UK.The report, Broadband Access: Opportunities in Fixed ...


February 1, 2001  


Print this page

Worldwide service revenues for broadband wireless will be worth $42 billion in five years time, according to a new report by ARC Group, Surrey, UK.

The report, Broadband Access: Opportunities in Fixed Wireless, shows that over a quarter of business premises will be connected via broadband wireless by 2005, with actual deployments to both households and businesses reaching over 27 million.

ARC Group forecasts that the fixed wireless access market will rapidly expand across almost all regions of the world, moving from a largely US- and Western European-centric industry to a more widely balanced world arena.

The report, which looks at the evolving nature of bandwidth demand, argues that many of today’s ‘broadband’ deployments are inherently inflexible and will rapidly become tomorrow’s ‘last mile’ bottlenecks.

Tony Crabtree, ARC Group analyst and lead author of the report, says that “even at this early stage in the development of the broadband Internet, new media-rich applications are beginning to appear across the net, with software and application development occurring at a very high pace.” He says high quality, multi-channel, two-way video is becoming “all pervading” and will soon contribute to the demand for higher capacity internet access, and for networks capable of providing true ‘bandwidth on demand’.

Wireless systems are increasingly becoming a key feature of the access landscape, says Crabtree, with lower frequency systems catering to the mass market, and higher frequency systems being deployed at the higher end.

Fixed Wireless Service Revenues by Region 1999-2005

$m 2000 2003 2005
North America $574 $5,259 $9,396
South America $30 $1,375 $4,646
W Europe $143 $4,572 $11,397
E Europe $6 $839 $2,916
Far East $24 $1,510 $5,204
South East Asia $3 $497 $2,254
China $4 $676 $3,152
Indian Sub Continent $3 $378 $1,861
Africa/Middle East $3 $224 $1,140
TOTAL $791 $15,329 $41,968

Print this page

Related