One Billion People Will Have Access To WiMax In 2011

The WiMAX Forum says that WiMAX will expand coverage to potentially serve a billion people by the end of this year. Last year, the strongest growing areas included the United States (with Clearwire), Japan, Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines.

Ron Resnick, president and chairman of the WiMAX Forum, said that, “WiMAX networks continued to grow at a steady pace, despite a slow global economic recovery and competitive technologies starting to enter the market.” He went on to say that, “In 2010, the WiMAX Forum and the worldwide ecosystem continued its diligent work to deliver an evolutionary path from WiMAX Release 1 to WiMAX Release 2.”

Currently, Asia is leading the pack with more than 322 million potential customer, followed by Europe with 135 million and North America with 127 million (up from 47 million the year before).

With all the access and growth of WiMax recently, the only question we have is: how soon before we can have it?