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The LTE Device Marketplace: Ecosystem, Roadmap, Key Trends, Shipments/Market Share, and Global Forecast by Vendor 2012 - 2016

As of Q1 2012, forty-nine mobile network operators worldwide have launched fourth-generation (4G) Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks commercially. As a result of early investment in LTE infrastructure and device R&D, MNOs and device vendors are pushing hard to increase LTE enabled device among users, both in the public and enterprise sector. The year 2011 has already witnessed over 8.2 Million LTE enabled device shipments which account for revenues of over 2 Billion USD. With the number of shipments expected to reach over 30 Million by the end 2012, the industry is set to grow at a rapid pace.

Leading LTE operators such as Verizon Wireless have already announced intentions to have LTE support in essentially all of its smart phones, going forward. This report and its associated database provide an in depth analysis of the LTE Devices market from 2011 to 2016, including revenue projections, shipments and device launches by vendor, region and device type, as well as vendor roadmaps, and key trends within the industry.

This report includes an Excel spreadsheet with worksheet data for Global LTE Device Shipments, LTE Devices, Global LTE Subscriptions 2011 – 2016, and Global LTE Device Revenues 2011 – 2016.

Report Benefits:

  • Revenue and market share assessment for major and specialized LTE device vendors
  • Comprehensive analysis of the key trends, technology, strategies and vendor roadmaps emerging in the LTE devices and chipsets ecosystem
  • Revenue, device shipment and market share figures for LTE devices split by device type (Smartphones, PC Cards/Embedded Devices/Routers) and Region from 2011 - 2016.
Key Findings:
  • 2011 witnessed over 8.2 Million LTE enabled device shipments which account for revenues of over 2 Billion USD
  • Motorola and Huawei will lead the LTE PC cards/Embedded Device/Router shipments with a combined market share of over 50 % in Q1’2012
  • Motorola, Samsung and HTC will continue to lead the market share in terms of LTE-enabled smart phone shipments and revenue, with a combined market share of over 60 % in Q1’2012
  • Driven by the reduction in production lifecycle times and aggressive marketing strategies, LTE device shipments are expected to reach 30 Million by the end of 2012. The US will continue to be the leading market player in 2012 with a projected market share of 65 %
Target Audience:
  • Mobile network operators
  • Mobile device/chipset vendors
  • Broadband infrastructure providers
  • Governmental and regulatory agencies
  • Managed communication service providers
  • Mobile application developers and intermediaries
  • System integrators, consultants, and professional service providers
  • Competitive network providers and device manufacturers including WiMAX
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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.


Companies in Report:

  • AT&T
  • Apple
  • AVM
  • Acer
  • Actiontec
  • AnyData
  • Atel
  • BandRich
  • Buffalo
  • C-motech
  • China Mobile
  • China Unicom
  • Cisco
  • Contela
  • Cradlepoint
  • Datang
  • Dell
  • Dovado
  • Ericsson
  • Etisalat
  • Franklin Wireless
  • Fujitsu
  • GCT
  • GammaTech
  • Gemtek
  • General Dynamics Itronix
  • HP
  • HTC
  • Huawei
  • IP Wireless
  • Innofidei
  • Icera
  • Infieon (Intel)
  • LG
  • LG U+
  • Lancom
  • Motorola
  • MetroPCS
  • NTT DoCoMo
  • NEC
  • NSN
  • NetComm
  • Netcomm
  • Netgear
  • Nexaira
  • Nexpring
  • Nokia
  • Novatel Wireless
  • Panasonic, Pantech
  • ProLink
  • Qualcomm
  • Quanta
  • RIM
  • Renesas Mobile
  • ST-Ericsson
  • Samsung
  • Sequans
  • Sierra Wireless
  • Sony, STC
  • Teradek
  • Telia, Ventus
  • Verizon Wireless
  • Vololink
  • Yota Devices
  • ZTE
  • Zalip
  • Zoom
  • ZyXEL

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 Mobile Broadband
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
3 LTE and LTE-Advanced Technology Overview
3.1 LTE Technology Overview
3.2 FDD LTE
3.3 TDD LTE (TD-LTE)
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
3.9 LTE End-User Devices
3.9.1 LTE Smartphones
3.9.2 LTE PC Cards, Embedded Devices & Routers
3.9.3 Technological Challenges for LTE Device Manufacturers
3.9.4 Integration and Fallback with Other Technologies
4 LTE Devices Ecosystem: A Market Overview of Key Trends and Developments
4.1 LTE Device Market Outlook
4.2 LTE Chipset Market Outlook
4.3 Patent Wars: The Rise of Patent Pools
4.4 Device Cost Implications to support LTE
4.5 Operator Strategies
4.5.1 Aggressive Pricing and Form Factor Diversity
4.5.2 Verizon’s Commitment to LTE for all Future Smartphones
4.6 Vendor Strategies
4.6.1 Capitalizing on LTE for Success
4.6.2 Shortening LTE Device Lifecycles
4.6.3 LTE Enabled Tablets as a Differentiated Marketing Strategy
4.7 Emerging Markets: LTE M2M Modules and LTE Enabled Gaming Devices
4.8 TD-LTE Devices: The Market for of Multimode WiMAX/TD-LTE Devices
4.9 Declining Pricing Improving Embedded LTE Device Adoption
5 LTE Device Revenues and Shipments 2011 - 2016
5.1 Global LTE Device Shipments and Sales Revenues
5.1.1 Global LTE Device Shipments
5.1.2 Global LTE Combined Device Sales Revenue
5.1.3 Comparison between LTE Smartphone and PC Based LTE Device Revenues
5.2 LTE Device Vendor Revenues and Market Share
5.2.1 LTE Smartphone Revenue and Market Share by Vendor
5.2.2 LTE PC Cards/Embedded Devices/Routers Revenue and Market Share by Vendor
5.3 LTE Device Shipments and Market Share by Region
5.3.1 LTE Device Shipments and Market Share by Region
5.3.2 LTE Device Shipments and Market Share in North America
5.3.3 LTE Device Shipments and Market Share in Western Europe
5.3.4 LTE Device Shipments and Market Share in Eastern Europe
5.3.5 LTE Device Shipments and Market Share in Asia Pacific
5.3.6 LTE Device Shipments and Market Share in Middle East and Africa
5.3.7 LTE Device Shipments and Market Share in Latin & Central America
6 LTE Device and Chipset Vendor Profiles and Roadmaps
6.1 LTE Device Manufacturers
6.1.1 HTC
6.1.2 Samsung
6.1.3 Motorola Mobility
6.1.4 Apple
6.1.5 ZTE
6.1.6 Huawei
6.1.7 LG Electronics
6.2 LTE Chipset Manufacturers
6.2.1 Qualcomm
6.2.2 ST-Ericsson
6.2.3 Icera (NVIDIA)
6.2.4 Infineon (Intel)

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