LTE Market to 'Peak' Next Year

This week, the team over at market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its 3rd quarter 2014 (3Q14) 2G, 3G, LTE Mobile Infrastructure and Subscribers report. According to the always-insightful data the researchers serve up, LTE is set for a big 2015. The report in question tracks more than 50 categories of equipment, software, …   Read More

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LTE Market to 'Peak' Next YearThis week, the team over at market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its 3rd quarter 2014 (3Q14) 2G, 3G, LTE Mobile Infrastructure and Subscribers report.

According to the always-insightful data the researchers serve up, LTE is set for a big 2015.

The report in question tracks more than 50 categories of equipment, software, and subscribers based on all existing generations of wireless network technology. In short, a projection from Infonetics isn’t a casual guess.

“In the mobile infrastructure market, the third quarter of 2014 was almost a carbon copy of last quarter, and we are now reaching the peak of plain LTE rollouts, which are so brisk in China that they are overshadowing strong activity in Europe, the Middle East, and Russia,” says Stéphane Téral, principal analyst for mobile infrastructure and carrier economics at Infonetics Research.

Among the report highlights shared with MMW include:

Operators are currently spending around $5.6 billion per quarter on LTE, and this has prompted Infonetics to raise its 2014 forecast for the global macrocell 2G, 3G, and 4G mobile infrastructure market to $45.4 billion, up from $43 billion the prior year
Investments initially earmarked for 2015 have shifted to 2014, reinforcing Infonetics’ prediction that the LTE market will peak in 2015
China continues to push LTE through the roof, but the rest of the world is also moving fast to LTE, with 331 commercial networks launched as of September 2014, as per the GSA

Infonetics’ quarterly 2G, 3G, LTE mobile infrastructure report is available here.

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