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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Verizon Fires Up XLTE Network

Verizon Fires Up XLTE Network 300x187 Verizon Fires Up XLTE NetworkThe nation’s largest wireless carrier, Verizon, has signaled the green light for its new XLTE network, which effectively doubles download speeds for individuals with any number of current-generation and some legacy mobile devices from across the iOS and Android ecosystems.

Verizon says XLTE represents the “next step in ensuring the very best high-speed data experience available on any wireless network in the United States.”

In a nutshell, XLTE adds capacity in neighborhoods or areas where demand is high, especially during busy periods like rush hour, lunch times in crowded areas or during events when mobile data use is the highest.
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Which Carrier is Tops for Tablet Growth?

Which Carrier is Tops for Tablet Growth 300x225 Which Carrier is Tops for Tablet Growth?MMW was privy to an advance look at Strategy Analytics’ new Wireless Operator Strategies (WOS) service report, which estimates that tablets with mobile broadband subscriptions using 3G and 4G LTE will grow more than five times in the next five years.

All told, tablets will reach nearly 250 million people in 2018 at a global level.

“In emerging markets, operators are seeing some success using their own-branded tablets to drive up the total addressable market for 3G / 4G tablets,” says Phil Kendall, Executive Director of Wireless Operator Strategies. “We are also seeing more ‘comes with data’ models where device purchase includes a free monthly data allowance, such as HP’s DataPass”
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