May 31, 2007

MWRF Update

Microwaves & RF UPDATE | May 31, 2007

Jack Browne, Technical Director

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Tracking Telecom Trends
By Jack Browne, MWRF Technical Director

Wireless use is rising, a trend that even the simplest of surveys could detect. Many surveys are conducted to track where wireless technology and applications might be going, but few can match the quality and thoroughness of the annual study performed by the Telecommunication Industry Association (TIA, The organization's latest report, the TIA's 2007 Telecommunications Market Review and Forecast, features 37 pages of index alone, with more than 450 tables and figures to support its findings on wired and wireless telecommunications trends.

Some of the obvious findings are the increasing reliance in the United States on wireless services, with some customers giving up completely on landline services. The report found that wireless revenue passed landline revenue in 2006, and will be 59 percent greater by 2010. Prepaid wireless, one of the fastest-growing wireless segments, grew from 12 million users in 2002 to 30 million in 2006, projected to exceed 55 million by 2010. Wireless data and multimedia make up only 6 percent of wireless revenues in 2006, but that figure will be 24 percent by 2010

The study is a masterpiece for those who track wireless and other communications trends. The convenience of wireless services is obvious, and growth in wireless use is spurred as much by a desire for entertainment as a need for business functionality. The more they use wireless, the more they want to use it.

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TIA Reports Record Wireless Telecom Growth

Wireless use is expected to spread to 270 million people in the United States, or 87 percent of the country's population, by 2010, according to the latest study by the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). The TIA's 2007 Telecommunications Market Review and Forecast, a massive 370-page volume, provides an overview of the entire telecommunications industry as well as detailed sections on the wireless, landline, equipment, and international markets. The expected growth is fueled by a consumer desire for broadband applications, according to TIA President Grant E. Seiffert, "Consumer demand for wireless services is unprecedented throughout the world, and carriers as well as manufacturers are scrambling to satisfy the marketplace needs. Wireless, broadband, and television are becoming key elements of a bundled landline package that we predict 77 percent of residential customers will take by 2010, up from 28 percent in 2006." The report notes that the market for transport services, handsets, capital expenditures, test, and infrastructure equipment totaled $190 billion in 2006 and is expected to reach $267 billion in 2010. The report is available in print or CD-ROM form


WiMAX Expands in US, Spain, and Australia

Research released by Maravedis in the first issue of the research firm's quarterly newsletter, the WiMAXCounts Newsletter, points to increasing global deployments of WiMAX technology, with the United States, Spain, and Australia reported as the top three countries in terms of number of subscribers. In the first quarter of 2007, these three countries accounted for 500,000 broadband- wireless-access (BWA) and WiMAX subscribers. Subscribers were 50 percent residential compared to 42 percent for business use. For more about the web-based newsletter, try the free trial link below. Maravedis ( Free tour of newsletter (


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Happenings - Conferences

2007 IEEE/MTT-S International Microwave Symposium
June 3-8, 2007
Hawaii Convention Center
Center Honolulu, HI

WCA 2007 (Wireless Communications Association International
June 12-15, 2007
Omni Shoreham Hotel
Washington, DC

June 14, 2007
Hyatt Regency Santa Clara
Santa Clara, CA

2008 IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium (with WAMICON)
January 22-24, 2008
Orlando, FL

2008 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC)
February 3-7, 2008
San Francisco Marriott Hotel
San Francisco, CA

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