WiMAX - Major Benefits
Benefits to Component Makers:
Creates a volume opportunity for silicon suppliers.
Benefits to Equipment Makers:
Innovate more rapidly because there exists a standards-based stable platform upon which to rapidly add new capabilities.
No longer need to develop every piece of the end-to-end solution.
Benefits to Operators:
A common platform which drives down the cost of equipment and accelerates price/performance improvements unachievable with proprietary approaches.
Generate revenue by filling broadband access gaps.
Quickly provision T1 / E1 level and "on demand" high margin broadband services.
Reduce the dollar risk associated with deployment as equipment will be less expensive due to economies of scale.
No longer be locked into a single vendor since base stations will interoperate with multiple vendors' CPEs.
Benefits to Consumers:
More broadband access choices, especially in areas where there are gaps: worldwide urban centers where building access is difficult; in suburban areas where the subscriber is too far from the central office; and in rural and low population density areas where infrastructure is poor.
More choices for broadband access will create competition, which will result in lower monthly subscription prices.