The adoption of WiMax mobile broadband services will continue to accelerate despite the effects of the recession, it has been suggested.
According to the WiMax Forum, the main benefit of the broadband solution is that it offers internet access at a cheaper price than similar services.
The group, which promotes the use of compatible standards for all mobile broadband devices using the technology, added that it is already proven to work.
Forecasting that WiMax would enjoy "impressive growth" when backed by a major UK operator, the forum's Director of Communications Scenna Tabesh added that it already has millions of customers.
"Even with the global economic climate as it is, WiMax adoption continues to grow and we still have a commanding lead over the competition, no matter what the critics may say," she said.
"WiMax service providers currently cover a conservatively estimated 430 million people globally and each month we see these numbers increase."
Earlier this month, research company Maravedis estimated that there were 400,000 new global WiMax and BWA (Broadband Wireless Access) customers in the first quarter of 2009, along with 50 million new active 3G subscriptions.