In North America the internet market is currently sitting at around the 74% penetration level mark, which means around 252 million North American residents have internet access. Of that percentage, around 90 million have broadband access and wireless broadband is beginning to play a large part in the North American market. Like other broadband markets most North American providers will offer free wireless broadband equipment like wireless routers to new customers in order to provide access to the internet around the home without invasive network cabling. The US and Canada both consider themselves to be world leaders when it comes to broadband connectivity and in recent years the proliferation of fibre optic services offering faster connections have been able to take the US market even further towards the ideal. The North American broadband market has also fully embraced the idea of Wi-Fi hotspots, with cities and suburban areas well serviced with such connectivity options. Some require subscription or payment whilst others are free to access. Wi-Fi in North America has been used to tackle issues such as the expensive nature of landline broadband in areas of poverty.
North America was some way behind Europe when it comes to Mobile Broadband. Whilst 3G and HSDPA is common in EU states, North America was still largely operating using 2G networks which offer much slower transfer speeds. However, 2009 has seen an overall improvement in the availabitliy and cost of high speed mobile broadband. Verizon Wireless is one of the USA`s leading mobile broadband providers and will be pushing the availability and speed of their mobile broadband service over the coming years. Mobile broadband is just one of the many low cost wireless broadband solutions which is going to play an integral part in the spread of broadband into every North American home.
The future of wireless broadband and the fates of the next big http://www.broadbandexpert.com.au/broadband/wireless-broadband wireless broadband providers in North America will lie with WiMAX technology. Major providers like Sprint and Nextel are already slated to be the most common providers of WiMAX technology, which is essential Wi-Fi broadcast on a much larger scale and offering considerably faster download speeds. However, there are many competing licencese of WiMAX frequencies and as such subscribers to difference WiMAX providers outside of the obvious large telecommunications companies are predicted to number in the 10s of millions by 2012. The 4th generation of mobile communications networking will also be commonly available by 2012 and 2010 is expected to be the starting date for widespread trials by the largest North American providers. Experts also expect to see, as you might expect, considerable focus on the business and governmental applications of wireless broadband technologies like WiMAX over the first few years after their inception. Consumer products may take a little longer to reach the North American market, though there is little doubt that when they do wireless broadband will be at the forefront of internet connectivity. What makes wireless broadband so attractive is the fact that there is no need to install the technology in individual home or by tearing up streets or erecting telegraph poles.