Mobile Wimax 802.16e will amass 80 million mobile subscribers globally by 2013, according to a paper published by Juniper Research.
Mobile Wimax will represent a single-digit proportion of the global mobile broadband base by 2013, said the report.
"This will be a tremendous achievement for this new technology platform which has recently been boosted by the ITU's endorsement of it as an IMT2000 specification," said the author Howard Wilcox.
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The twin challenges are for suppliers to produce the right devices at the right time and price, and for Mobile Wimax service providers to differentiate their offerings from existing mobile operators, said Wilcox.
Wimax technology got a boost last month when the International Telecommunications Union approved the wireless data transmission system as a 3G standard.
This will allow operators to provide Wimax in spectrums allocated for 3G phone networks, which use competing cellular technology, and provides a path for Wimax to mature and increase in use, said industry body the Wimax Forum.