Migrating cellular networks to fourth generation (4G) via the Long Term Evolution (LTE) standard and other supporting technologies is a monumental effort. Beyond the obvious radio planning and engineering is a huge effort in the areas of application planning, business operations planning, and technical planning. Developing effective strategies for success with LTE is key to the successful commercialization of 4G for all mobile network operators.
LTE will usher in a new world of opportunities and challenges for every industry constituent including everything from new business models and industry participants to operational support systems for improved quality of service and user experience.
LTE Strategy 2013 - 2018 provides LTE strategies and technology analysis and provides recommendations for mobile network deployment. It also includes market analysis of the LTE marketplace including mobile handsets, key service developments, device advancements and more. The report also includes forecasts in every major area associated with LTE including:
The report is must-reading for anyone developing strategy associated with deployment and operations of LTE including:
- Landline/Fixed Losses forecast
- Migration from Landline to VoIP forecast
- Global Wireless Infrastructure Spending (by technology, region, type)
- Global LTE Device forecast and Data Usage (by category, device type, and region)
- Global LTE Subscriptions and Revenue (by consumer, enterprise, and industry segment)
- Product and services plans
- Application development and distribution
- Handset evolution and capability development
- Impact assessment of LTE evolution on long-term planning
- Investment in next generation infrastructure, devices, and applications
- Network integration including API strategy and application launch/operation
- Enterprises of all types seeking to identify the impacts and opportunities of 4G
- While gaining greatly through 2018, enterprise LTE subscription remain less then consumer
- Mobile network operators have an imperative to develop Value-added Services (VAS) for LTE
- Carriers must develop key applications such as Corporate Dashboard to retain enterprise customers
- Extreme growth in mobile data associated with LTE expansion will require next generation OSS solutions
- Carriers must prepare for a variety of challenges including much more data usage, increasingly more services in the cloud, severely marginalized core services, and development of VAS across communications, content, and commerce
Understand the issues and opportunities regarding key evolutionary trends including:
- Global forecasts for LTE devices including data usage by category, device type, and region
- Global forecasts for LTE subscription (overall, consumer, enterprise and by industry vertical)
- LTE global and regional status update and analysis of key issues including capacity and spectrum
- Identify the key trends and issues associated with implementing and operating broadband wireless
- Understand the evolution of wireless to 4G and beyond including network topology and integration
- Identify the business value and roadmap for implementation and operation of LTE based applications
- Understand the future of LTE including applications, integration with the cloud, social networks, and more
- Identify emerging LTE business models including third-party ecosystems, API integration, and expanded applications
- Recommendations and analysis for carriers, content providers, application developers and infrastructure companies
- Anytime, anywhere, any device access to communications, content, commerce, and applications
- Increased emphasis on non-human communications
- The convergence and integration of many things
- Open networks, open interfaces, and many applications
- Mobile content providers
- Mobile network operators
- Wireless device manufacturers
- Wireless infrastructure providers
- Application developers and aggregators
- Government and sovereign R&D institutions
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.
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.