FORT LAUDERDALE, USA: WiMAX ecosystem progression was on the minds and tongues of industry leaders at the 2nd Annual WiMAX Forum Congress Americas in Fort Lauderdale, FL December 2-3, 2009.
WiMAX professionals across North and South America turned out to discuss pressing topics for 4G operators and vendors, while working with regulators to further discussions about opening more consumer access to broadband via WiMAX technology.
The WiMAX Forum® events are building on the rapid expansion of the WiMAX ecosystem which now includes more than 519 deployments in 146 countries – up from 407 at last years show -– and more than 150 WiMAX networks are based in the Americas covering more than 77.3 million people today. By the end of 2010 WiMAX Forum projects that WiMAX technology will cover at least 800 million people. A complete detail of WiMAX networks is available at http://www.wimaxmaps.com.
To further expand the US WiMAX footprint, a special focus day was dedicated around discussions of the Broadband Stimulus Package. With more than 25 percent of applications focusing on WiMAX deployments, the effects of this stimulus package will not only be felt in the US, but also across the world as other countries are considering broadband stimulus packages of their own.
“It is great to see such good traction among US rural operator communities,” said Congress Partner, Ali Tabassi, senior vice president, global ecosystem & standards, Clearwire. “WiMAX Forum Congress Americas is a great opportunity for us to share our experience with so many operators from South America and the United States. We are very happy to see WiMAX has been selected as a preferred last mile technology for stimulus funds.”
Other key areas of discussion on the multi-track conference program were topics on Business Models for Successful WiMAX Deployments, Making the Most of Vertical Markets/M2M Opportunities for WiMAX, Assessing the Impact of Spectrum and Regulation on WiMAX Carriers Operations and Strategy, Retail/Commercial Strategies for WiMAX Technology, Roadmaps/Device Support and Consumer Electronics.
Along with the conference, exhibitors showcased and demonstrated the latest in WiMAX solutions to the many attendees on the show floor over the two day event.
"At Congress America 2010, this time the eco-system across network, devices and applications came together to showcase how the sum of its parts brings a unique value proposition for WiMAX operators which no other wireless/wireline broadband technology can compete with," said Magnus Johansson, broadband director of Digicel Group.
The WiMAX Forum and its event partner, Informa Telecoms & Media, will now turn their attention to the 2010 series. The 3rd Annual WiMAX Forum Congress Asia will take place in Taipei, Taiwan on April 13-14, 2010 and is expecting to attract more than 2,500 attendees.