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The use of WiMax networks for broadband deployments has become increasingly common across the globe, new figures have suggested.

According to figures from the WiMax Forum, over 110 new projects using the technology have been launched this year, taking the number of total deployments to 519 in 146 countries.

In addition, companies that sell equipment linked to the technology have also reported significant growth over the past 12 months. Ron Resnick, president and chairman of the WiMax Forum, said the platform has been "going strong in 2009".

He added: "The WiMax Forum membership has continued to bring WiMax to new markets, certify devices and keep the spirit of delivering mobile Internet services to people throughout the world."

Earlier this year, Steve McCaffrey, Head of mobile communications firm Motorola, claimed in an interview with that both WiMax and long-term evolution mobile broadband technology have a big future ahead of them.

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