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Global Mobile Broadband Industry - Key Statistics and Trends

Global Mobile Broadband Industry - Key Statistics and Trends

The ongoing improvements in infrastructure have driven the continuing uptake of mobility and broadband around the world and in 2014 mobile broadband will in fact be the fastest growth area for the overall telecoms sector. But increased usage has caused data traffic jams on the 3G networks as this infrastructure was not designed for the rapid increase in traffic over the last couple of years.

The release of 4G/LTE mobile broadband and growing uptake by consumers and businesses will certainly ease the issue in the short term - but as user uptake increases so will the amount of bandwidth consumed. Anticipation of the growing demand has resulted in LTE becoming the fastest developing mobile technology to date. For further information on LTE see separate report: BuddeComm Intelligence Report - Global LTE Trends, Statistics and Leading Markets.

This BuddeComm report includes recent industry insights and statistics on the global mobile broadband sector as well as an overview of the key competing technologies.

Latest developments:

Wireless broadband and FttH should be developed, in a complementary and harmonious way. Seamless integration between FttH and 5G will occur later on in this decade. In 2014 developments in working towards a harmonising of WiMAX with LTE and HetNet architecture is a key trend. In 2014 around half of the world's population will be covered by a 3G network, according to the ITU. Many operators in North America are interested in small cell development, especially some of the larger operators which are deploying up to hundreds of thousands a year.


1. Synopsis
2. Market summary
2.1 The role of mobile broadband in the overall telecoms market
2.2 Global mobile broadband overview
3. Key mobile broadband statistics
3.1 Mobile broadband connections and technology
3.2 Mobile data traffic
3.3 Mobile broadband revenues
3.4 Mobile location based services (MLBS)
3.4.1 Indoor Location Based Services
4. Mobile broadband insights
4.1 Mobile broadband: killer app for FttH
4.2 Spectrum issue
4.3 HetNet architecture
4.4 Small cell networks
5. Technology insights
5.1 HSPA
5.2 LTE
5.3 WiMAX
5.4 IMS
6. Short range wireless insights
6.1 Wi-Fi
6.1.1 Number of wi-fi hotpots
6.2 Bluetooth
6.3 Ultra-Wideband (UWB)
7. Related reports
Table 1 Global mobile broadband market share by technology Q1 2013
Table 2 Regional mobile broadband connections Q1 2013
Table 3 Top ten OECD countries by wireless broadband subscriptions 2011; mid 2012
Table 4 Worldwide monthly mobile data traffic 2000; 2011; 2012
Table 5 Regional mobile data traffic growth CAGR 2012 - 2017
Table 6 Global mobile services revenue 2012; 2013; 2016
Table 7 Worldwide MLBS subscribers 2008 2014
Table 8 Worldwide MLBS revenue 2007; 2009; 2011; 2013; 2015
Table 9 Historical - regional MLBS revenue 2009
Table 10 Worldwide LTE subscribers 2011 - 2018
Table 11 Worldwide LTE growth 2010 - 2013
Table 12 Number of public WiFi hotspots top 10 countries worldwide Early 2011; Early 2013
Table 13 Global - mobile capital expenditure (CAPEX) 2010 - 2014
Table 14 Installed base of Bluetooth devices worldwide 2005; 2007; 2010; 2013
Exhibit 1 Approximate data rates for selected services on mobile devices
Exhibit 2 Digital Dividend
Exhibit 3 Defined: HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA, HSPA+
Exhibit 4 WiMAX Forum
Exhibit 5 What is IMS?
Exhibit 6 Bluetooth SIG

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