This IDC study examines the cellular equipment market as defined by technologies such as GSM, UMTS (including HSPA variants), LTE, and CDMA. It presents a five-year forecast for cellular infrastructure spending by network operators and service providers worldwide for cellular radio, core, and wireless backhaul. It also studies the performance of equipment vendors and evaluates the key deployment trends driving operator spending.
"After a year of declining wireless investment, operators are poised to return to a modest increase in spending in 2013 and 2014. The good news is that mobile data revenue continues to grow in all markets; however, this requires operators to continue to invest in ensuring sufficient capacity. This will drive a near-term increase in equipment spending; however, during the later years of our forecast period, we believe spending in equipment will begin to decline as operators' capacity-driven requirements begin to move into operating expense," says John Byrne, research director for IDC's Wireless Network Infrastructure practice.