Greatest opportunities for broadband wireless and satellite technology to be found in niche markets

Charlottesville 24 August 1998 Recently, an extensive report has been issued on the growing popularity of broadband satellite and wireless communication technologies. The Virginia based market research and consulting firm, Communications Industry Researchers (CIR) Inc., presents a detailed analysis of the expected future evolution with regard to wireless broadband applications in this study, which has been entitled Broadband Unwired: New Opportunities in LMDS, High-Speed Fixed Wireless and Broadband Satellites. Both satellite and wireless technologies are most suitable to fill in the gaps, left uncovered by the conventional broadband wireline technology, according to the CIR report.

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Recently, an extensive report has been issued on the growing popularity of broadband satellite and wireless communication technologies. The Virginia based market research and consulting firm, Communications Industry Researchers (CIR) Inc., presents a detailed analysis of the expected future evolution with regard to wireless broadband applications in this study, which has been entitled Broadband Unwired: New Opportunities in LMDS, High-Speed Fixed Wireless and Broadband Satellites. Both satellite and wireless technologies are most suitable to fill in the gaps, left uncovered by the conventional broadband wireline technology, according to the CIR report.

Market researchers anticipate that by the year 2005, ten million users all over the world will benefit from broadband wireless technology whereas eight million customers will be using satellite solutions. Most of the revenue opportunities for this type of applications however are situated in the business market. Local Multipoint Distribution Systems (LMDS) and broadband Low Earth Orbiting Satellites (LEOS) are bound to offer a valuable alternative in cases where wireline solutions are not available or impossible to implement.

LMDS and innovative satellite systems, like Teledesic and Skybridge, are likely to thrive on niche markets, concentrating on rural Internet access, telemedicine projects, distance learning possibilities, so-called desert start industrial and commercial developments, and of course, fast infrastructure deployment in developing countries. Broadband wireless constitutes a local solution which, in some regions, might be the only disposable infrastructure for a long period of time. The satellite implementation has the big advantage of supporting commonly used protocols, including Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM), frame relay and particularly Internet Protocol (IP).

The CIR study equally provides a forecasting overview for the next ten years with regard to both the Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) and network infrastructure markets. All major vendors of broadband wireless as well as satellite technology, cell site equipment, microwave radios and even the very broadband satellites themselves are pictured in detail. The newly emerging service providers of high-speed wireless solutions, such as for instance WNP, Winstar and Teligent, receive a great deal of attention in the report, next to the broadband satellite projects, which are set up by the Hughes and Alcatel companies.

The Broadband Unwired: New Opportunities in LMDS, High-Speed Fixed Wireless and Broadband Satellites report is available at the price of $4,000.00 and can be ordered by contacting Robert Nolan.


Leslie Versweyveld

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