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Definitive Guide to 4G Technology and LTE Business Intelligence

Definitive Guide to 4G Technology and LTE Business Intelligence

Fourth generation (4G) cellular technology represents a huge leap compared to previous generations. The Long Term Evolution (LTE) standard for 4G provides significant capacity gains as well as true end-to-end Internet Protocol (IP) connectivity including voice over IP (VoIP) via voice over LTE (VoLTE).

There are significant challenges, such as launching VoLTE, optimizing networks, and integrating operations. There are also significant opportunities, such as deploying value-added service (VAS) applications that rely upon LTE and offer mobile network operators an advantage against over-the-top (OTT) competition that uses 3G.

This is the most comprehensive research available focused on 4G technology and LTE business insights for deployment, operations, and maximizing investment value.

The research includes critical analysis and forecasts for the following:

  • LTE in Industry Verticals: Market Opportunities and Forecasts 2013 – 2018 (82 pages)
  • LTE Infrastructure Market: Vendors, Market Share, Key Trends & Forecasts (64 pages)
  • LTE Network Operator Strategies: Key Drivers, Deployment Strategies, CAPEX, OPEX, Price Plans, ARPUs and Service Revenues (355 pages)
  • LTE Device Marketplace: Ecosystem, Roadmap, Key Trends, Shipments/Market Share, and Global Forecast by Vendor (61 pages)
  • LTE Strategies 2013 – 2018: Strategies for Deploying, Operating, and Optimizing LTE Services, Applications and Business Operations (269 pages)
  • Mobile Value-added Services (VAS) in 4G: Market Analysis and Forecasts for LTE-based VAS 2013 – 2018 (176 pages)
  • Public Safety LTE: A Global Assessment of Market Size, Technology, Vendor Trends and Spectrum Allocation 2013 – 2018 (90 pages)
  • Carrier WiFi and Small Cells in LTE & Beyond: Market Opportunities and Forecasts 2013 – 2018 (138 pages)
This research is invaluable for anyone who wants to understand the impact of LTE on wireless networks, IT organizations, service providers, and suppliers. It is also critical information for anyone who seeks an understanding of the challenges, opportunities, and outlook for cellular communications in the 4G era.

Research Benefits:
  • LTE impact on industry verticals including penetration forecasts
  • LTE infrastructure market analysis with forecasts for RAN infrastructure
  • LTE strategies for wireless carriers with data for infrastructure investment, pricing, and service revenue
  • LTE device ecosystem assessment with roadmap, trend analysis, and forecasts for shipments and market share
  • LTE value-added service (VAS) application assessment with evaluation of key apps and forecast for deployment
  • LTE public safety assessment including market sizing, technology choice and displacement, vendor positioning, and forecasts
  • Carrier WiFi and small cells analysis including strategies for integration with LTE networks, competitive analysis, and forecasts
Target Audience:
  • IT leaders focused on 4G
  • Executive LTE decision makers
  • Wireless equipment providers
  • Wireless handset manufacturers
  • Telecom managed service providers
  • Wireless device OS and application developers
  • Providers of contents, commerce, and applications
  • Mobile network operators and service providers of all types

General Methodology

Mind Commerce Publishing's research methodology encompasses input from a wide variety of sources.

We rely heavily upon our Subject Matter Experts (SME) in terms of their market knowledge, unique perspective, and vision. We utilize SME industry contacts as well as previous customers and participants in our market surveys and interactive interviews.

In addition, we rely upon our extensive internal database, which contains modeling, qualitative analysis, and quantitative data. We review secondary sources and compare to our primary sources to update previous findings (for prior version reports) and/or compile baseline information for technology and market modeling.

We share preliminary models with industry contacts (select previous clients, experts, and thought leaders) to verify the veracity of initial modeling. Prior to final report production (analysis, findings, and conclusions), we engage in an internal review with internal SMEs as well as cross-expertise, senior staff members to challenge results.

We believe that forecasts should be prepared as part of an integrated process which involves both quantitative as well as qualitative factors. We follow the following 3-step process for forecasting.

Forecasting Methodology

Step 1 - Forecasts Input: The inputs for the present and historical revenues are derived from industry players. Financial and other quantitative data for individual sub-market categories are derived from original research and tested with interviews with major industry constituents.

Step 2 - Forecasting of Future Years: Mind Commerce extends forecasts based on a variety of factors including demand drivers as well as supply side data. Key success factors and assumptions are considered.

Step 3 - Validation of Data: The final step is to validate projections, which is accomplished in consultation with both internal and external industry experts, including both topic and regional experts. Adjustments are made to the forecasts based on factors identified throughout this process.

LTE in Industry Verticals: Market Opportunities and Forecasts 2013 – 2018
1 Chapter 1: Introduction
1.1 Executive Summary
1.2 Topics Covered
1.3 Key Findings
1.4 Key Questions Answered
1.5 Target Audience
1.6 Companies Mentioned
2 Chapter 2: An Overview of LTE Technology
2.1 LTE RAN Technology (E-UTRAN)
2.2 EPC Technology
2.3 Interoperability with 2G/3G Systems
2.3.1 Mobile Data Only Service
2.3.2 LTE Data Service with 2G/3G Voice
2.3.3 Voice and Data Services over LTE
2.4 Interoperability with LMR Systems
2.5 LTE Advanced Support for Heterogeneous Commercial and LMR Networks
3 Chapter 3: The Business Case for LTE in Vertical Industry Segments
3.1 Key Market Drivers
3.1.1 Security Features
3.1.2 Spectrum Flexibility
3.1.3 Economic Feasibility
3.1.4 Vendor Commitments
3.1.5 Support for Data Intensive and Low Latency Applications
3.1.6 Voice Interoperability
3.2 Key Barriers
3.2.1 Interoperability with Legacy Proprietary Solutions
3.2.2 The Private vs. Shared Commercial Network Debate
3.2.3 Device Challenges
3.3 The LTE in Industry Verticals Value Chain
4 Chapter 3: Vertical Industry Segments
4.1 Oil and Gas
4.1.1 Critical Communication Needs in Remote Locations
4.1.2 Reliance on LMR Solutions
4.1.3 Data Applications and Economic Feasibility: Is LTE the Answer ?
4.1.4 Texas Energy Network (TEN): An operational M2M LTE Network for the Oil and Gas Industry
4.2 Construction
4.2.1 The Communication Needs of a $2 Trillion Market
4.2.2 Case Study: LTE Enables Pepper Construction
4.3 Agriculture
4.3.1 A Fundamental Aspect to National Economies
4.3.2 The GSMA mAgri Initiative
4.3.3 LTE Based M2M Solutions
4.4 Mining
4.4.1 LTE in Mining: Communications and Remote Monitoring
4.4.2 Case Study: Rio Tinto LTE Network
4.5 Utilities
4.5.1 Complimenting LMR Narrowband Communications
4.5.2 Extending Prospects to M2M
4.5.3 Enabling Smart Grid and Smart Meter Applications
4.6 Transportation
4.6.1 Cellular M2M in the Transportation Industry
4.6.2 Enabling Content Services
4.6.3 New Opportunities: Adverting on Public Transport
4.7 Defense
4.7.1 Technology is No Longer Driven by Military Needs and Funding
4.7.2 Leveraging Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) Communications Equipment
4.7.3 U.S. Army LTE Trial
4.7.4 Naval Task Force Connectivity: U.S. Navy Adopts LTE
4.8 Public Safety
4.8.1 Endorsement as the Next Generation Public Safety Communication Technology
4.8.2 Transforming the Next Generation Command Centre
4.8.3 Qatar MOI: Leveraging LTE for Real-Time Video Monitoring
4.9 Education and Distance Learning
4.9.1 The Importance of Internet Connectivity in Education
4.9.2 Community-wide LTE Networks
4.9.3 Learning from WiMAX: Past Success Stories
4.10 Healthcare
4.10.1 Transforming the Healthcare Industry
4.10.2 LTE and Mobile Video: The Future of E-Healthcare
5 Chapter 5: Key Trends
5.1 Critical Infrastructure
5.1.1 U.S Nationwide Private LTE Network: Synergies with Public Safety LTE
5.1.2 Private Deployments Targeting Critical Infrastructure
5.2 Municipal Networks
5.2.1 Prospects of Municipal LTE Networks
5.2.2 Case Study: Swindon Borough Council
5.3 M2M
5.3.1 2G/3G Market Penetration
5.3.2 Towards an LTE Era
5.4 LMR to LTE: Complementation or Replacement
5.5 LTE in the ‘Traditional’ Enterprise Segment
5.5.1 Serving the Needs of the Traditional Enterprise
5.5.2 The Mobile Workforce
5.5.3 Improving In-Building Coverage: LTE Small Cells
5.6 Adoption Timeline by Vertical Industry Segment
5.6.1 Oil, Gas and Energy Production
5.6.2 Construction
5.6.3 Agriculture
5.6.4 Mining
5.6.5 Utilities
5.6.6 Transportation
5.6.7 Defense
5.6.8 Public Safety
5.6.9 Education
5.6.10 Healthcare
6 Chapter 6: Market Analysis & Forecasts
6.1 The Global LTE Market: 2013 - 2018
6.1.1 Global LTE Subscriptions: 2013 - 2018
6.1.2 Global LTE Service Revenue: 2013 - 2018
6.1.3 Consumer and Enterprise LTE Subscriptions Compared: 2013 - 2018
6.1.4 Consumer and Enterprise LTE Service Revenue Compared: 2013 - 2018
6.1.5 Global LTE Subscriptions by Vertical Segment: 2013 - 2018
6.1.6 Global LTE Service Revenue by Vertical Segment: 2013 - 2018
6.1.7 Global LTE Subscriptions by Vertical Segment: 2013 - 2018
6.1.8 LTE in the Oil, Gas & Energy Vertical Segment: 2013 - 2018
6.1.9 LTE in the Construction Vertical Segment: 2013 - 2018
6.1.10 LTE in the Agriculture Vertical Segment: 2013 - 2018
6.1.11 LTE in the Mining Vertical Segment: 2013 - 2018
6.1.12 LTE in the Utilities Vertical Segment: 2013 - 2018
6.1.13 LTE in the Transportation Vertical Segment: 2013 - 2018
6.1.14 LTE in the Defense Vertical Segment: 2013 - 2018
6.1.15 LTE in the Public Safety Vertical Segment: 2013 - 2018
6.1.16 LTE in the Education Vertical Segment: 2013 - 2018
6.1.17 LTE in the Healthcare Vertical Segment: 2013 - 2018
6.1.18 Global LTE Subscriptions by Region: 2013 – 2018
6.1.19 Global LTE Service Revenue by Region: 2013 – 2018
6.2 The Regional LTE Market: 2013 - 2018
6.2.1 North America LTE Subscriptions & Service Revenue: 2013 - 2018
6.2.2 Asia Pacific LTE Subscriptions & Service Revenue: 2013 - 2018
6.2.3 Western Europe LTE Subscriptions & Service Revenue: 2013 - 2018
6.2.4 Eastern Europe LTE Subscriptions & Service Revenue: 2013 - 2018
6.2.5 Middle East and Africa LTE Subscriptions & Service Revenue: 2013 - 2018
6.2.6 Latin and Central America LTE Subscriptions & Service Revenue: 2013 - 2018
LTE Infrastructure Market: Vendors, Market Share, Key Trends & Forecasts
1 Introduction
1.1 Executive Summary
1.2 Acronyms, Abbreviations and Definitions
2 Global LTE Market Overview
2.1 The Increasing Demand for Capacity and 4G LTE Infrastructure
2.2 Spectrum Selection and Segmentation for LTE
2.3 LTE Deployments throughout the Globe
2.4 LTE Population Coverage
2.5 Availability of 4G Devices and Smartphones
2.6 Sizing the LTE Infrastructure Opportunity
3 LTE and LTE-Advanced Technology Overview
3.1 LTE Technology Overview
3.4 LTE Advanced
3.5 LTE Infrastructure Elements and Architecture Overview
3.6 LTE E-UTRAN Infrastructure Elements and Network Architecture
3.6.1 LTE Remote Radio Heads
3.6.2 LTE Base Station
3.6.3 LTE Femtocells
3.6.4 LTE Antenna Schemes
3.6.5 LTE RAN Infrastructure and Frequency Reuse
3.7 LTE EPC Infrastructure Elements and Network Architecture
3.7.1 Serving and Packet Gateway
3.7.2 Mobility Management Entity
3.7.3 Policy and Charging Rules Function
3.7.4 IP Multimedia Subsystem
3.7.5 EPC and Core Network Equipment Reuse in LTE
3.8 LTE Backhaul Solutions
3.8.1 LTE Backhaul Requirements
3.8.2 Carrier Ethernet
3.8.3 Fiber Backhauls
3.8.4 Microwave Backhauls
3.8.5 Impact of Femtocells on Backhaul
4 LTE Infrastructure Revenues and Base Station Shipments 2010 - 2015
4.1 Global LTE Infrastructure Revenues
4.1.1 Global LTE Combined Infrastructure Revenue
4.1.2 Global LTE RAN Infrastructure Revenues
4.1.3 Global LTE EPC Infrastructure Revenues
4.2 LTE Vendor Infrastructure Market Share
4.2.1 Infrastructure Vendor Selection Trends Among MNOs
4.2.2 Market Consolidation
4.2.3 LTE Infrastructure Revenue and Market Share by Vendor
4.2.4 LTE RAN Infrastructure Revenues and Market Share by Vendor
4.2.5 LTE EPC Infrastructure Revenues and Market Share by Vendor
4.3 LTE Regional Infrastructure Market Share
4.3.1 LTE Infrastructure Revenue and Market Share by Region
4.3.2 LTE RAN Infrastructure Revenues and Market Share by Region
4.3.3 LTE EPC Infrastructure Revenues and Market Share by Region
4.4 LTE Base Station Shipments
4.4.1 LTE Base Station Shipments by Technology: TDD and FDD
4.4.2 LTE Base Station Shipments by Region
5 LTE RAN and EPC Vendor Profiles
5.1 Ericsson
5.2 Alcatel-Lucent
5.3 Nokia Siemens Networks/Motorola
5.4 Huawei
5.5 ZTE
5.6 Cisco
5.7 Juniper
5.8 Samsung
5.9 Fujitsu
5.10 Hitachi
5.11 Bridgewater
5.12 NEC
5.13 Panasonic
5.14 Tekelec
LTE Network Operator Strategies: Key Drivers, Deployment Strategies, CAPEX, OPEX, Price Plans, ARPUs
1 Introduction
1.1 Executive Summary
1.2 Topics Covered
1.3 Key Findings
1.3.1 ARPUs and Operator Service Revenues
1.3.2 Deployment Strategies
1.3.3 CAPEX and OPEX Strategies
1.3.4 Pricing Strategies
1.4 Target Audience
1.5 Companies Mentioned
2 Present Overview of the LTE Market
2.1 Key Drivers for LTE Adoption
2.1.1 Skyrocketing Mobile Broadband Usage
2.1.2 Opportunities for Higher ARPUs
2.1.3 CAPEX Efficient Broadband Availability in Rural Areas
2.1.4 Spectral Efficiency and Reduction in RAN OPEX
2.1.5 Vendor Commitments
2.1.6 Maintaining Technology Leadership
2.2 50 + LTE Commercial Networks Worldwide
2.3 7+ Million Subscriptions Worldwide
2.4 300 + Commercial LTE Device Launches
2.5 Frequency Spectrum Selection & Fragmentation
3 Key Trends in LTE Deployments
3.1 MNO Technology Migration Paths for LTE
3.2 Rollout Strategies
3.3 Interoperability with 3G and 2G Systems
3.4 VoLTE & SMS over LTE Services
3.4.1 Circuit Switched Fall Back (CSFB)
3.4.2 VoLGA
3.4.3 VoIMS
3.4.4 The Threat of OTT Solutions
3.4.5 VoLTE Deployment Plans MetroPCS (US) Verizon Wireless (US) AT&T Mobility (US) LG U+ (Korea) CSL (Hong Kong)
3.4.6 VoLTE Development Roadmap
3.5 Migration Towards LTE-Advanced
3.5.1 ITU Approval as the Official 4G Standard
3.5.2 Operator Commitments to LTE-Advanced AT&T Mobility (US) Sprint (US) NTT DoCoMo (Japan) SK Telecom (South Korea) Korea Telecom (South Korea)
3.6 The FDD vs. TDD Debate
3.6.1 Interoperability b/w FDD and TD LTE
3.6.2 Heterogeneous TDD/WiMAX Networks
3.7 The Wholesale LTE Deployment Model
3.7.1 Growing Interest in the Wholesale Model
3.7.2 LightSquared (US)
3.7.3 Clearwire (US)
3.7.4 Dish Network (US)
3.7.5 UK Broadband (UK)
3.7.6 British Telecom Wholesale (UK)
3.7.7 Yota (Russia)
3.7.8 Aero2 (Poland)
3.7.9 MVS Comunicaciones (Mexico)
3.7.10 Kenyan Government
3.7.11 Net4Mobility (Sweden)
3.7.12 NBN (Australia)
3.8 LTE Traffic Management Strategies
3.9 Managing ROI with LTE Investments
4 LTE Service, Pricing & Marketing Strategies
4.1 Differentiating LTE from 3G Services
4.2 A Global Review of LTE Pricing Plans
4.2.1 North America
4.2.2 Asia Pacific
4.2.3 Europe
4.2.4 Middle East & Africa
4.2.5 Price Comparison: Average Cost per GB of Data
4.3 LTE Pricing & Marketing Strategies
4.3.1 Elimination of Unlimited Tariffs
4.3.2 Innovative Pricing for Traffic Off-loading to WiFi
4.3.3 Free LTE Service Trials
4.3.4 Capitalizing on the ‘4G’ Term
4.3.5 Setting LTE Support as Standard Requirement for all Smartphone Releases
5 LTE CAPEX & OPEX Strategies
5.1 Mobile Network CAPEX on the Rise
5.2 LTE CAPEX Model
5.2.1 LTE CAPEX Estimates for Typical Tier-1 MNOs
5.2.2 CAPEX Categorization
5.2.3 Cost of LTE Base Station and RAN Deployment
5.2.4 Base Station Upgrade Costs
5.2.5 Core Network Equipment Costs
5.2.6 Mobile Backhaul Cost Implications
5.3 CAPEX commitments by Major MNOs
5.3.1 Verizon Wireless (USA)
5.3.2 AT&T Mobility (USA)
5.3.3 T-Mobile (USA)
5.3.4 NTT DoCoMo (Japan)
5.3.5 KDDI (Japan)
5.3.6 Everything Everywhere (UK)
5.3.7 Etisalat (UAE)
5.3.8 Korea Telecom (Korea)
5.3.9 SK Telecom (Korea)
5.3.10 China Mobile (China)
5.3.11 MVS Comunicaciones (Mexico)
5.4 Network Sharing
5.4.1 Passive Network Sharing
5.4.2 Active Network Sharing
5.4.3 Management Independence
5.4.4 The LTE Advantage
5.4.5 Prominent LTE Network Sharing Deals Tele2 and Telenor (Sweden) Telus and Bell (Canada) Telefónica O2 (Germany) Telefónica Worldwide MTS and VimpelCom (Russia) T-Mobile and Orange (Poland) Vodafone Worldwide Qtel (Qatar)
5.5 The Potential of Self Organising Networks (SONs) to cut CAPEX & OPEX
5.6 Smallcells, HetNets & WiFi Offload: The Key to CAPEX & OPEX Reduction
5.6.1 The Answer to Coverage Limitation
5.6.2 Easing both CAPEX and OPEX Requirements
5.6.3 MNO Intentions for Femtocell & Small Cell Deployments
5.6.4 WiFi Offload to Remain a Permanent Solution
5.6.5 A Review of MNO Investments on LTE Off-load Equipment SK Telecom’s Dual-Mode WiFi-LTE Femtocell Korea Telecom’s: World’s First Smallcell LTE Deployment AT&T Mobility: Planned LTE Femotocell Trial Virgin Media UK LTE Femtocell Trial
6 LTE Operator Service Revenues, ARPU and Subscriptions 2011 – 2016
6.1 Global LTE Operator Service Revenues
6.1.1 Global LTE Operator Service Revenues and Subscriptions 2011 - 2016
6.1.2 Regional Distribution of Revenue Share 2011 - 2016
6.2 LTE Operator Subscriptions, ARPU & Service Revenues by Region
6.2.1 North America Regional Subscriptions, ARPU & Service Revenues 2011 - 2016 Revenue Distribution by Country 2011 - 2016 USA Canada
6.2.2 Western Europe Regional Service Revenues 2011 - 2016 Revenue & Subscriptions Distribution by Country 2011 - 2016 Austria Belgium Denmark Finland France Germany Greece Ireland Italy Luxembourg Netherlands Norway Portugal Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey UK Rest of Western Europe Andorra Cyprus Gibraltar Iceland Isle of Man Liechtenstein Monaco
6.2.3 Asia Pacific Regional Service Revenues 2011 - 2016 Revenue Distribution by Country 2011 - 2016 Australia Bangladesh China Hong Kong India Indonesia Japan Malaysia New Zealand Pakistan Philippines Singapore South Korea Taiwan Thailand Vietnam Rest of Asia Pacific Bhutan Brunei Cambodia Macau Maldives Nepal Sri Lanka
6.2.4 Middle East Regional Service Revenues 2011 - 2016 Revenue Distribution by Country 2011 - 2016 Iran Iraq Israel Saudi Arabia Rest of the Middle East Bahrain Jordan Kuwait Oman Qatar UAE
6.2.5 Eastern Europe Regional Service Revenues 2011 - 2016 Revenue Distribution by Country 2011 - 2016 Albania Belarus Bosnia Bulgaria Croatia Czech Republic Estonia Georgia Hungary Latvia Lithuania Macedonia Moldova Montenegro Poland Romania Russia Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Ukraine Uzbekistan Rest of Eastern Europe Armenia Azerbaijan Kazakhstan Kirghizstan Kosovo Tadjikistan
6.2.6 Latin & Central America Regional Service Revenues 2011 - 2016 Revenue Distribution by Country 2011 - 2016 Argentina Bolivia Brazil

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