Although mobile WiMax has grabbed the limelight in the broadband solutions market, most companies especially in the developing countries are still using fixed WiMax. Fixed WiMax is the predecessor of mobile wireless broadband. Many companies have invested heavily and are still upgrading their fixed wireless architectures. That is why most technology economists and market analysts are quick to caution service providers about the ongoing hype on mobile WiMax. Experts believed that mobile wireless connectivity is indeed the future of modern communications. But they also believe that the Fixed WiMax market is still lucrative and will still grow until 2010 especially in developing countries.
The big difference between the two technologies is portability. Aside from this area, mobile and fixed WiMax share the same architectural principles as well as standards in the provision of broadband services. Migration therefore from fixed to mobile connectivity will pose fewer problems. In fact, the two solutions can complement each other as evidenced by the ongoing practice of companies to combine several communication methods. This is a rational approach as companies strive to create a solid communication back-up system to ensure their business continuity.
This approach is being implemented by leading technology and telecom companies. While deploying mobile WiMax solutions and upgrading some of their gadgets to comply with mobile wireless requirements, they still maintain their fixed architecture. The Fixed WiMax architecture serves as their buffer connection and services their internal network requirements. That is why WiMax vendors should not abandon their fixed WiMax solutions because there is still a good market for it.