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WiMAX growth will pick up in line with increasing demand for the broadband technology, a new report has forecast.

According to new data from research and analysis firm In-Stat, it will serve as a lower cost option across different broadband platforms.

It anticipates that WiMAX device shipments will top ten million by 2010, but the current economic climate could prove a setback.

Daryl Schoolar, In-Stat analyst, said: "WiMAX will grow by meeting pent-up demand and offering users a lower cost alternative to existing services.

However, he added that "despite what some technology advocates have said, not all WiMAX devices will follow the Wi-Fi model of full consumer ownership and control".

The report notes that an increase both in demand for WiMAX among clients and on portable devices such as laptops, will help to boost growth.

Long-term evolution in the mobile devices industry and 3G services are the other potential barriers to growth identified in the report.

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