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LTE in Southeast Asia: A Slow Start but Rising Fast

LTE in Southeast Asia: A Slow Start but Rising Fast

This IDC Insight provides the current status and future outlook for Long Term Evolution (LTE) deployment in five Southeast Asian countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. It analyses the current drivers of LTE deployment, the benefits of LTE, LTE commercial launches, frequency bands used for LTE, LTE adoption, coverage expansion plans, and future outlook for LTE deployments in the five countries. The market information and forecast in this study are based on IDC primary and secondary research across these countries.


IDC Opinion
In This Insight
Situation Overview
Mobile Telecommunications in Southeast Asia Is Undergoing Rapid Transformation
Mobile Data Adoption Is Still Low in Southeast Asian Countries
The Increasing Mobile Internet Bandwidth Demands in Asia
LTE as a Solution to Data Demands
Importance of LTE for Telcos
Benefits of LTE for Telcos
Benefits of LTE for End Users
Benefits of LTE for Network Vendors
Benefits of LTE for Regulators
LTE Deployment in Southeast Asian Countries
Global LTE Networks Are Mostly at 1.8GHz and 2.6GHz
LTE Launched in Southeast Asia Using Existing 2G and 3G Spectrum Bands
Limited Device Availabilities and Slow LTE Uptake
LTE Launched to Assert Leadership and/or Stay Competitive
Philippines
Smart Was the First to Launch LTE and LTE-Advanced
No New Spectrum Bands Are Expected for LTE in the Near Future
Telcos Are Experiencing Slow LTE Uptake
LTE Coverage Continues to Expand
LTE Is Focused on Niche Market, Slow ROI Is Expected
Malaysia
All Major Telcos Have Launched LTE, Celcom and Maxis Are a Step Ahead with LTE at 1.8GHz
Further Refarming of 2G Spectrum Is Expected as More Users Migrate to LTE
LTE Uptake in Malaysia Is Faster due to Large Existing Mobile Data Subscribers
Strategic Approach for Telcos in Expanding LTE Coverage
Current LTE Landscape Is Expected to Remain for the Next Few Years
Thailand
LTE Was Launched at 3G Band, With Limited Device Availability
More LTE Spectrum Bands are Coming, complex spectrum strategy for telcos
Early Adoption Was Slow Due to LTE Frequency Band
Rapid Expansion of LTE Coverage
New Market Wave as AIS Jumps into the LTE Bandwagon
Indonesia
LTE Launched Later than in Other Countries, But at the Right Time for Indonesia
LTE Will Arrive at 1.8GHz This Year
Strong Growth of LTE Is Expected in 2015 Onward
Coverage Is Still Limited to Major Cities
Close Competition
Vietnam
Telcos Are Ready for LTE Launch
Commercial Launch Is Expected at 2.6GHz in 2016
Focus Is Still on 3G as There Is No Urgent Need for LTE
Future Outlook
Table: Spectrum Usage for LTE Deployments in Southeast Asian Countries
Figure: Mobile Data Adoption and Revenue Driver in APEJ
Figure: LTE Adoption and Subscriptions in the Philippines
Figure: LTE Adoption and Subscriptions in Malaysia
Figure: LTE Adoption and Subscriptions in Thailand
Figure: LTE Adoption and Subscriptions in Indonesia
Figure: LTE Adoption and Subscriptions in Vietnam
Figure: LTE Adoption and Subscriptions in Southeast Asia
Figure: LTE Devices Shipment by Country in Southeast Asia

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