Networks Infrastructure Market (2G, 3G, LTE, WiMAX, WiFi): 2010 - 2017

The wireless network infrastructure market will grow by nearly 8% between 2012 and 2013, representing a $53 Billion market worldwide with nearly 1.6 Million annual macro cell base station shipments. However, the decline in 2G and 3G infrastructure spending will reduce the market’s size to $50 Billion by the end of 2017, with LTE accounting for as much as 36% of all infrastructure spending at that time.

This report provides an in-depth assessment of the wireless network infrastructure market, including technology, market drivers, challenges, value chain analysis, operator and vendor strategies, and a quantitative assessment of the industry from 2010 to 2017. The report also presents forecasts for the carrier WiFi and small cells market which will have a major impact of future wireless network infrastructure spending.

The report covers the following topics:

  • Technology Review: A review of the underlying technology supporting wireless network infrastructure solutions
  • Business Case for Wireless Network Infrastructure: An assessment of the business case for wireless network infrastructure
  • Analysis of Carrier Infrastructure Deployment Strategies: Evaluation of recent wireless infrastructure investments by carriers
  • Business Case for Wireless Network Infrastructure: An assessment of the business case for wireless network infrastructure
  • Wireless Network Infrastructure Industry Roadmap 2010 - 2017: An analysis of the roadmap for the industry from 2012 till 2017
  • Carrier & Vendor Strategies: An analysis of how carriers and vendors will position themselves to capitalize on future wireless network infrastructure opportunities
  • Market Analysis and Forecasts: A global and regional assessment of the market size (unit shipments and revenues) and forecasts for the wireless network infrastructure market from 2010 to 2017
  • Industry Value Chain: An analysis of the wireless network infrastructure value chain with indicative revenue assessments of key market players across the value chain and predictions about the economic model evolution
Key Findings:
  • The wireless network infrastructure market will account for nearly $50 Billion in revenues by the end of 2017
  • LTE will account for as much as 36% of all wireless network infrastructures spending by 2017, in contrast to 12% today
  • WiMAX infrastructure spending will decline at a CAGR of nearly 11% and account for $679 in revenues by the end of 2017
  • Between 2012 and 2017, macro cell base station shipments will decline at a CAGR of nearly 2% and eventually account for 1.4 unit shipments by the end of 2012
Select Questions Answered:
  • How is the industry’s value chain evolving overtime?
  • How big is the wireless network infrastructure market?
  • What is the outlook of macro cell base station shipments over the next five years?
  • How do revenues for RAN and core network infrastructure revenues compare with each other?
  • How will macro cell shipments compare to small cell and carrier WiFi shipments over the next five years ?
Target Audience:
  • Wireless infrastructure providers and support services providers
  • Cellular service providers, WiMAX, WiFi, and other service providers
  • Telecom support companies including transport, switching, and others
  • Service bureau, managed services, and outsourced telecom companies
  • Sovereign wealth funds, economic development organizations, and governments


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.


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: Wireless Network Infrastructure Technologies
2.1 GSM
2.2 W-CDMA
2.3 HSPA
2.4 TD-SCDMA
2.5 CDMA-2000/EV-DO
2.6 WiMAX
2.7 LTE
2.8 WiFi
2.9 Small Cells
2.9.1 Femtocells
2.9.2 Picocells
2.9.3 Microcells
2.9.4 Metrocells
2.10 Infrastructure Segmentation: RAN vs. Core
2.10.1 Radio Access Network (RAN)
2.10.2 Core Network
3 Chapter 3: The Future Business Case for the Wireless Network Infrastructure Market
3.1 Key Market Drivers
3.1.1 The Growing Demand for Mobile Broadband Availability
3.1.2 Lowering Total Cost of Operation (TCO)
3.1.3 The Growing Base of Mobile Subscriptions
3.1.4 Improving Customer Satisfaction
3.2 Market Barriers & Challenges
3.2.1 Spectrum Availability
3.2.2 Voice Delivery Architecture and Device Availability for New Technologies
3.2.3 CAPEX Budgets
3.3 The Wireless Network Infrastructure Value Chain
3.4 The Wireless Network Infrastructure Industry Roadmap 2010 - 2017
3.4.1 2010 – 2012: Commercialization of LTE Networks
3.4.2 2013 – 2014: Early LTE-Advanced Trials
3.4.3 2015 – 2017: The HetNets Era – Large Scale Integration of Macrocells, Small Cells and Carrier WiFi
4 Chapter 4: Carrier Wireless Network Infrastructure Investment Case Studies
4.1 AT&T
4.2 NTT DoCoMo
4.3 Telus
4.4 Thai AIS
4.5 Oi Brazil
4.6 China Mobile
4.7 Everything Everywhere
5 Chapter 5: Vendor Landscape
5.1 Vendor Ranking Matrix
5.2 Vendor Product Portfolio and Strategy
5.2.1 Ericsson
5.2.2 Huawei
5.2.3 Nokia Siemens Networks
5.2.4 Alcatel-Lucent
5.2.5 ZTE
5.2.6 Samsung
5.2.7 Cisco
5.2.8 Alvarion
5.2.9 NEC
5.2.10 Fujitsu
5.2.11 Datang Mobile
5.2.12 Acme Packet
5.2.13 Airvana
5.2.14 Aptilo Networks
5.2.15 Aruba Networks
5.2.16 Contela
5.2.17 Ip.access
5.2.18 Juniper Networks
5.2.19 Kineto Wireless
5.2.20 Motorola Solutions
5.2.21 Ruckus Wireless
5.2.22 Ubee-AirWalk
5.2.23 Ubiquisys
6 Chapter 6: Market Analysis & Forecasts
6.1 The Global Wireless Network Infrastructure Market: 2010 - 2017
6.1.1 Global Wireless Network Infrastructure Spending: 2010 - 2017
6.1.2 Global Wireless Network Infrastructure Spending by Technology: 2010 - 2017
6.1.3 RAN vs. Core Network Spending Compared: 2010 - 2017
6.1.4 Regional Wireless Network Infrastructure Spending Compared: 2010 - 2017
6.2 The Global Macro Cell Market: 2010 - 2017
6.2.1 Global Macro Cell Unit Shipments and Revenue: 2010 - 2017
6.2.2 Global Macro Cell Unit Shipments and Revenue by Technology: 2010 - 2017
6.2.3 Regional Macro Cell RAN Spending Compared: 2010 - 2017
6.3 Wireless Network Infrastructure Spending by Region: 2010 - 2017
6.3.1 Asia Pacific
6.3.2 Eastern Europe
6.3.3 Latin & Central America
6.3.4 Middle East & Africa
6.3.5 North America
6.3.6 Western Europe
6.4 The Global Carrier WiFi Market: 2010 - 2017
6.4.1 Global Carrier WiFi Unit Shipments and Revenue: 2010 - 2017
6.4.2 Global Carrier WiFi Access Point and Controller Unit Shipments: 2010 - 2017
6.4.3 WiFi Offload vs Standard WiFi Access Points: 2010 - 2017
6.4.4 Regional Outlook of the Market: 2010 - 2017
6.5 The Global Small Cell Market: 2010 - 2017
6.5.1 Global Small Cell Unit Shipments and Revenue: 2010 - 2017
6.5.2 Global Small Cell Unit Shipments and Revenue by Cell Type: 2010 - 2017
6.5.3 Global Femtocell Unit Shipments and Revenue: 2010 - 2017
6.5.4 Global Picocell Unit Shipments and Revenue: 2010 - 2017
6.5.5 Global Microcell Unit Shipments and Revenue: 2010 - 2017
6.5.6 Global Small Cell Unit Shipments and Revenue by Technology: 2010 - 2017
6.5.7 Regional Outlook of the Market: 2010 - 2017
List of Tables
Table 1: Wireless Network Infrastructure RAN Vendor Ranking Matrix 2012
Table 2: Core Network Vendor Ranking Matrix 2012
List of Figures
Figure 1: The Wireless Network Infrastructure Value Chain
Figure 2: The Wireless Infrastructure Industry Roadmap: 2010 - 2017
Figure 3: Global Spending on Wireless Network Infrastructure: 2010 – 2017 (USD Millions)
Figure 4: Global Spending on Wireless Network Infrastructure by Technology (GSM, W-CDMA/HSPA, TD-SCDMA, CDMA-2000/EV-DO, LTE, WiMAX): 2010 – 2017 (USD Millions)
Figure 5: Global Spending on Wireless Network Infrastructure by Technology Generation (2G, 3G, 4G): 2010 – 2017 (USD Millions)
Figure 6: Global RAN and Core Network Infrastructure Spending Compared: 2010 – 2017 (USD Millions)
Figure 7: Wireless Network Infrastructure Spending by Region: 2010 – 2017 (USD Millions)
Figure 8: Global Macro Cell Unit Shipments: 2010 – 2017 (Thousands)
Figure 9: Global Macro Cell Unit Shipments Revenue: 2010 – 2017 (USD Millions)
Figure 10: Global Macro Cell Unit Shipments by Technology (GSM, W-CDMA/HSPA, TD-SCDMA, CDMA-2000/EV-DO, LTE, WiMAX): 2010 – 2017 (Thousands)
Figure 11: Global Macro Cell Unit Shipments Revenue by Technology (GSM, W-CDMA/HSPA, TD-SCDMA, CDMA-2000/EV-DO, LTE, WiMAX): 2010 – 2017 (USD Millions)
Figure 12: Global Macro Cell Unit Shipments by Technology Generation (2G, 3G, 4G): 2010 – 2017 (Thousands)
Figure 13: Global Macro Cell Unit Shipments Revenue by Technology Generation (2G, 3G, 4G): 2010 – 2017 (USD Millions)
Figure 14: Macro Cell Unit Shipments by Region: 2010 – 2017 (Thousands)
Figure 15: Macro Cell Unit Shipments Revenue by Region: 2010 – 2017 (USD Millions)
Figure 16: Wireless Network Infrastructure Spending in Asia Pacific: 2010 - 2017 (USD Millions)
Figure 17: Macro Cell Unit Shipments in Asia Pacific: 2010 – 2017 (Thousands)
Figure 18: Macro Cell Unit Shipments Revenue in Asia Pacific: 2010 – 2017 (USD Millions)
Figure 19: Wireless Network Infrastructure Spending in Eastern Europe: 2010 - 2017 (USD Millions)
Figure 20: Macro Cell Unit Shipments in Europe: 2010 – 2017 (Thousands)
Figure 21: Macro Cell Unit Shipments Revenue in Europe: 2010 – 2017 (USD Millions)
Figure 22: Wireless Network Infrastructure Spending in Latin & Central America: 2010 - 2017 (USD Millions)
Figure 23: Macro Cell Unit Shipments in Latin & Central America: 2010 – 2017 (Thousands)
Figure 24: Macro Cell Unit Shipments Revenue in Latin & Central America: 2010 – 2017 (USD Millions)
Figure 25: Wireless Network Infrastructure Spending in the Middle East & Africa: 2010 - 2017 (USD Millions)
Figure 26: Macro Cell Unit Shipments in the Middle East & Africa: 2010 – 2017 (Thousands)
Figure 27: Macro Cell Unit Shipments Revenue in the Middle East & Africa: 2010 – 2017 (USD Millions)
Figure 28: Wireless Network Infrastructure Spending in North America: 2010 - 2017 (USD Millions)
Figure 29: Macro Cell Unit Shipments in North America: 2010 – 2017 (Thousands)
Figure 30: Macro Cell Unit Shipments Revenue in North America: 2010 – 2017 (USD Millions)
Figure 31: Wireless Network Infrastructure Spending in Western Europe: 2010 - 2017 (USD Millions)
Figure 32: Macro Cell Unit Shipments in Western Europe: 2010 – 2017 (Thousands)
Figure 33: Macro Cell Unit Shipments Revenue in Western Europe: 2010 – 2017 (USD Millions)
Figure 34: Carrier WiFi Unit Shipments: 2010 - 2017 (Thousands of Units)
Figure 35: Carrier WiFi Revenues: 2010 - 2017 (USD Millions)
Figure 36: Carrier WiFi Unit Shipments by Category: 2010 - 2017 (Thousands of Units)
Figure 37: Carrier WiFi Unit Shipment Revenues by Category: 2010 - 2017 (USD Millions)
Figure 38: WiFi Offload vs. Standard WiFi Access Point Unit Shipments: 2010 - 2017 (Thousands of Units)
Figure 39: Carrier WiFi Offload Access Point Unit Shipments: 2010 - 2017 (Thousands of Units)
Figure 40: Standard Carrier WiFi Access Point Unit Shipments: 2010 - 2017 (Thousands of Units)
Figure 41: WiFi Offload vs. Standard WiFi Access Point Unit Shipment Revenues: 2010 - 2017 (USD Millions)
Figure 42: Carrier WiFi Offload Access Point Unit Shipment Revenues: 2010 - 2017 (USD Millions)
Figure 43: Standard Carrier WiFi Access Point Unit Shipment Revenues: 2010 - 2017 (USD Millions)
Figure 44: Carrier WiFi Unit Shipments by Region: 2010 - 2017 (Thousands of Units)
Figure 45: Carrier WiFi Revenues by Region: 2010 - 2017 (USD Millions)
Figure 46: Small Cell Unit Shipments: 2010 - 2017 (Thousands of Units)
Figure 47: Small Cell Revenues: 2010 - 2017 (USD Millions)
Figure 48: Small Cell Unit Shipments by Cell Type: 2010 - 2017 (Thousands of Units)
Figure 49: Small Cell Revenues by Cell Type: 2010 - 2017 (USD Millions)
Figure 50: Femtocell Unit Shipments: 2010 - 2017 (Thousands of Units)
Figure 51: Femtocell Revenues: 2010 - 2017 (USD Millions)
Figure 52: Picocell Unit Shipments: 2010 - 2017 (Thousands of Units)
Figure 53: Picocell Revenues: 2010 - 2017 (USD Millions)
Figure 54: Microcell Unit Shipments: 2010 - 2017 (Thousands of Units)
Figure 55: Microcell Revenues: 2010 - 2017 (USD Millions)
Figure 56: Small Cell Unit Shipments by Technology: 2010 - 2017 (Thousands of Units)
Figure 57: Small Cell Revenues by Technology: 2010 - 2017 (USD Millions)
Figure 58: Small Cell Unit Shipments by Region: 2010 - 2017 (Thousands of Units)
Figure 59: Small Cell Revenues by Region: 2010 - 2017 (USD Millions)

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