Global demand for WiMAX chips to drop in 2012, says Sequans
Irene Chen, Taipei; Adam Hwang, DIGITIMES [Wednesday 15 February 2012]
Because many operators of WiMAX networks have shifted to LTE, global demand for WiMAX chips in 2012 is expected to decrease from 2011, according to France-based Sequans Communications.
Based on actual shipments in the fourth quarter of 2011 and business outlook for the first quarter of 2012, the global WiMAX supply chain has been clearing inventories, Sequans indicated. Major developers of WiMAX chips have phased out development of new WiMAX chips and shifted to LTE, Sequans said.
Although Sequans will begin shipments of LTE chips in 2012, it will still supply WiMAX chips and expects an increasing global market share because the number of WiMAX chip suppliers is decreasing, the company indicated.