WiMax deployments hit by economic downturn as subscription rates and service revenues lose pace

February 3, 2009

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MONTREAL -- BWA/WiMAX subscribers worldwide reached 2.68 million in Q3 2008 – a more modest 13% growth over the first quarter and a 91% increase over Q3 2007, according to the 6th issue of the WiMAXCounts Quarterly Report from Maravedis (http://www.maravedis-bwa.com).

Global service revenue growth is losing pace as WiMAX operators experience ARPU stagnation and slowing down, or even decline (as in the case of WiBro in Korea), in WiMAX adoption. The economic downturn is accelerating the shift in consumer spending towards flat rates for broadband wireless and replacement of landline services.

“These are very difficult times for mobile WiMAX as both vendors such as Telsima and leading WiMAX operators such as Tata are struggling to fund their WiMAX plans noted Adlane Fellah,” CEO and Founder of Maravedis. “Further, in the PR battle, mobile WiMAX has been losing momentum in favor of LTE as it becomes clear that LTE will become the dominant 4G technology among Tier 1 mobile operators worldwide,” he added.

Maravedis Inc.

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