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Wireless Networking Sales Surge Worldwide: Report

Wireless networking is surging worldwide, according to two new reports from Infonetics Research, which found that the WiMAX equipment sales jumped 48% in the first quarter of this year, while WLAN sales rose 8%.

Revenue for the first quarter for WiMAX equipment was $68.3 million, and is forecast to reach $1.7 billion by 2009, the company found. Market growth is being driven by sales of WiMAX CPE units. Future growth will be driven by the evolution of WiMAX from a fixed-only to a fixed and mobile solution.

The WiMAX report also found:

* 62% of WiMAX revenue currently comes from CPE, and 38% from base stations. By 2009 will shift to 79% for CPE and 21% from base stations.

* Worldwide revenue from outdoor wireless mesh access nodes increased 22% to $46 million. Unit shipments increased 25%.

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