WiMAX in the world

This page: Presents the process of WiMAX implementation in the world.

Implementation of Wimax in the World


The big part of the operators interested in the implementation of Wimax systems is adopting the Mobile Wimax (IEEE 802.1e). As there are no certified products in this standard, pre-Wimax systems have been installed that were developted by many suppliers or the Fixed Wimax systems (IEEE 802.16d), that currently are already certified buy Wimax Forum.


WiMAX accesses in the world


Millions 2007 2008 1Q09 2Q09 3Q09 4Q09 1Q10 2Q10 3Q10 4Q10 1Q11
WiMAX accesses 1.73 3.16 3.56 3.96 4.73 5.8 7.2 9.0 9.3 13.0 17.25

Source: Maravedis



Wimax in Latin America

The major part of the Wimax implementations are in the band 3.5 Gz. Telmex is the most active operators, is has implemented Wimax in Brazil (Embratel), Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.


In Oct/08, Cofetel (Mexico) decided to postpone the auction of Wimax frequencies for the first quarter of 2009.


In September 2008, Argentina announced (Resolution 250/208) its intention to provide spectrum in band 3.3 - 3.7 GHz. A licitation will be carried out in the provinces of Buenos Aires, Chubut, Chaco, Córdoba, Corrientes, Catamarca, Entre Rios, Formosa, Jujuy, La Pampa, LaRioja, Misiones, Mendoza, Neuquen, Rio Negro, Santa Cruz, Santiago Del Estero, Santa Fe, San Juan, San Luis, Salta, Tucuman and Ytierra Del Fuego.


In May 2008, the Bolivian operator Nuevatel PCS announced the launching in La Paz, El Alto, Santa Cruz and Cochabamba. The operator Andinatel, from Ecuador, also launched its Wimax net.





Wimax in The United States: Sprint and Clearwire


Sprint and Clearwire announced in 05/07/08 a joint venture to create a new company which will gathers Wimax operations of both companies.


The new company, which will be called Clearwire, is going to count on investments of US$ 3,2 billion from Intel, Google, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.


Intel will work in order to get manufacturers, of notebooks and other mobile devices, to include in their devices the Wimax chips. Google will join as Clearwire's partner in the development of Internet services and in an open protocol for mobile devices of broadband. Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks will have contracts for acquisition of Wimax services in Clearwire wholesale, operating as virtual operators.


Sprint's share stake in the new company will be 51% and the other current Clearwire shareholders 27%.


This agreement is an important step toward Wimax success. Both companies lead the Wimax implementation in The US and have frequencies licenses most part additional.


Sprint and Clearwire had already announced a partnership for the construction of a Wimax net which will cover all the United States. In 11/09/07, however, the companies announced the end of the agreement.


Sprint's net


In Jan/08, Sprint announced the launch of its Wimax services (Xohm) by the end of April 2008. This date was postponed to the end of 2008 due to the difficulties in the implementation of internet connection links that will give support to this net.


Sprint Nextel started on 09/28/08 commercial operation in its WiMAX (XOHM) network in Baltimore in the United States. The net provides a average speed of 2-4 Mbit/s for download.



The pre-Wimax systems might migrate to products that are certified and have interoperability proved in laboratory, they may be compatible with the fixed standard, or with mobile standard, by the time these products are certified and available.


The following table presents the main operators that are implementing pre-Wimax systems or Wimax in the world.



Company Country Service / Net Supplier
Clearwire United States
pre-Wimax Broadband NextNet Wireless
Danske Telecom
(Clearwire International)
pre-Wimax Broadband NextNet Wireless
Ertach Argentina (2005) pre-Wimax Broadband Alvarion
KT Korea
pre-Wimax WiBro Samsung
Towerstream United States (2005) Wimax Broadband Aperto
ANEW Broadband United States
Fixed Wimax Tripleplay Services
Entel Chile
Fixed Wimax Boadband Alvarion
Orbitel Colombia (2006) Fixed Wimax Boadband Siemens
PuntoNet Ecuador
Fixed Wimax Boadband Airspan
TVCable Ecuador
Fixed Wimax Boadband Airspan
Sprint Nextel United States (2007) Mobile Wimax Mobile Services Motorola /



Clearwire: www.clearwire.com

Danske Telecom (Clearwire International): www.dansketelecom.com

Ertach: www.ertach.com

KT: www.kt.co.kr/kthome/eng/u_kt/u_street/wibro.jsp

Towerstream: www.towerstream.com

ANEW Broadband: www.clearwire.com

Entel: www.entel.cl

Orbitel: www.orbitel.com

PuntoNet: www.punto.net.ec

TVCable: www.tvcable.com.ec

Sprint Nextel: www.sprint.com



In Aug/07, Vodafone became a "principal member" of the Wimax Forum. Vodafone wants to keep its neutral position between many existing technologies.



Wimax in Italy


In Feb/08 was carried out in Italy the licitation of frequencies for Wimax from 3.4 to 3.6 GHz.


The licitation raised € 136.3 million. A total of 11 companies won, the main were:



Company € million
A.F.T. 34.4
E-VIA Gruppo Retelit 23.3
Telecom Italia 13.8


Were in the licitation two parts for each of the seven macro-regions in which Italy is divided (Blocks A and B) and one part for each of the 21 regions of the country (Block C). Block C was destined to new entrances in the market, having A.F.T. bought 12 from the 21 offered parts.


The table bellow presents the total raised through the Wimax licitation in many countries of Europe.



€ million
Italy 136.3
France 125.8
Australia 71.5
German 56.1
United Kingdom 14.7
New Zeland 8.4
Norway 6.4
Slovenia 1.7
Sweden 0.5
Austria 0.5







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