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Reconfigurable ‘multiprotocol multiband’ base stations to take 20% market share by 2014

BOSTON (November 6th 2007) — To coincide with the SDR Forum Technical Conference 2007 in Denver, CO, Pioneer Consulting today published research highlighting the opportunity for Multiprotocol Multiband (MPMB) Software Defined Radio (SDR) base stations. The research, entitled “Commercial Software Defined Radio – The Emergence of Multiprotocol Multiband Support in Base Stations”, concludes that market factors and advances in the technology are creating a favourable environment for SDR base station technology.

Pioneer’s research indicates that the key to achieving growth in worldwide demand for MPMB SDR base stations is the emergence of 4G standards like UMB, LTE and Mobile WiMAX which are expected to be commercialised around 2010. By 2014, Pioneer expects that worldwide revenues from MPMB SDR base stations will be close to $10 billion.

Commenting on these findings, Aditya Kaul, Senior Analyst at Pioneer, said, “The regional influence of MPMB SDR Vendors like Vanu Inc. and Alcatel Lucent is crucial for the technology to become a commercially viable solution.” Kaul says that shortening standards lifecycles and uncertainty caused by vendors promoting proprietary wireless technologies is making the optimal choice for their network a tough call for wireless operators. Now that recent innovations have enabled wideband RF front ends and soft transceivers, reconfigurable MPMB SDR base stations are one solution to this problem.

Pioneer nevertheless expects resistance from certain sectors. “Not everyone will be convinced about this new base station technology”, warns Kaul. “Incumbent mobile operators with a growing dependence on large OEM vendors who are still unsure about MPMB support, are less likely to make the transition.”

About Pioneer Consulting
Pioneer Consulting provides research on cutting-edge technologies in the wireless space, both fixed and mobile and is known for its expertise in wireless LAN, Software Defined Radio, Wireless Backhaul, 2G, 3G and 4G cellular technologies. Pioneer provides market-leading insights on technologies that are aimed at altering the wireless value chain or are causing the re-engineering of traditional wireless network architecture. For more information on Pioneer Consulting and its products and services visit the company's Web site []

Aditya Kaul
Senior Analyst
Emerging Wireless Technologies Practice
Ph: +44 (0) 1225 422200

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