LTE Subscriptions Reach Milestone

LTE Subscriptions Reach Milestone LTE Subscriptions Reach Milestone2014 will go down in history as a banner year for LTE.

The number of LTE mobile broadband subscriptions worldwide reached the milestone of 250 million in the first quarter of 2014.

That was the announcement ahead of the weekend from global analyst firm Ovum.
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Sprint Activates More 4G LTE Markets Across the U.S.

Sprint Activates More 4G LTE Markets Across the U.S. 263x300 Sprint Activates More 4G LTE Markets Across the U.S.From sea to shining sea, Sprint has just activated an array of new markets, all of which now have access to the carrier’s fast-growing 4G LTE network.

For now, the ultra-fast cellular network has been launched in 17 new markets across the United States.

According to details provided to MMW from Sprint, the new locations include:

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Shipments of Powerful Smartphone Modems to Top 700M by 2019

Shipments of Powerful Smartphone Modems to Top 700M by 2019 Shipments of Powerful Smartphone Modems to Top 700M by 2019A new report out of London and shared with MMW on Monday estimates that shipments of second-generation LTE basebands, commonly called Cat4, barely exceeded 42 million in 2013.

But that’s about to change for these components, which enable mobile users to enjoy up to 150 Mbps bandwidth.

New insight from ABI Research indicates that key chipset suppliers are stretching their muscles for next-generation basebands that will enable speeds of up to 300 Mbps, namely Cat6 chips.

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Report: China Not Sitting Out the LTE Smartphone ‘Revolution’

Report China Not Sitting Out the LTE Smartphone Revolution 300x200 Report: China Not Sitting Out the LTE Smartphone RevolutionAccording to market research firm Infonetics Research, China is not looking at playing a small role in the LTE smartphone revolution taking place the world over.

Freshly released excerpts from the research firm’s 1st quarter 2014 report exploring the mobile market points to China’s increasing interest and ballooning stake in 4G LTE.

“The tremendous LTE network build taking place in China is going to result in a significant upside for LTE-enabled smartphones and tablets. Specifically, TDD-LTE devices are poised to be the world’s fastest-growing segment as the Chinese market joins the LTE smartphone revolution,” explains Godfrey Chua, directing analyst for M2M and The Internet of Things at Infonetics Research.
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Mobile Broadband Services a Higher Priority for Operators

Mobile Broadband Services a Higher Priority for Operators 300x199 Mobile Broadband Services a Higher Priority for OperatorsIn anticipation of their conference call this morning (led by Richard Webb at 11 A.M. EST for his live femtocell market recap and outlook), market research firm Infonetics Research has just released excerpts from its latest Residential and Enterprise Femtocell Equipment report.

“Overall, the femtocell and enterprise small cell equipment market has seen robust unit and revenue growth over the previous half-year period, and we remain optimistic that these small cell segments have sufficient market drivers and support among operators to sustain continuous year-over-year unit and revenue growth through 2018,” explains Webb, the firm’s directing analyst for mobile backhaul and small cells.

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IDC: Mobile Broadband Increasingly Important Across Asia

IDC Mobile Broadband Increasingly Important Across Asia 300x230 IDC: Mobile Broadband Increasingly Important Across AsiaAccording to a new report from IDC, mobile services market in Asia/Pacific excluding Japan (APeJ) region is considered as a very dynamic market compared to other regions, from emerging to mature market.

Many mobile operators have been struggling for quite some times to maintain growth in revenue, especially on voice services revenue.

“From 2012 to 2017, International Data Corporation (IDC) projects that the growth rate for voice services revenue in APeJ will slow down and achieve a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.5%,” IDC reveals. “However, data connectivity or mobile broadband revenue will grow at a CAGR of 19.3% from 2012 to 2017.”
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Strong iPhone Sales Pushing 4G LTE Adoption in China

Strong iPhone Sales Pushing 4G LTE Adoption in China 300x235 Strong iPhone Sales Pushing 4G LTE Adoption in ChinaChina Mobile, which remains the world’s biggest mobile carrier with its 788 million subscribers, will likely send a thank-you note to Apple in the very near future.

According to published reports out of Asia ahead of the weekend, strong iPhone sales are mostly responsible for accelerating 4G LTE adoption across China.

As of this writing, approximately half of the 2.8 million 4G LTE subscribers on China Mobile are iPhone owners.
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