May 18, 2011 01:30 ET

78% of Tablets Shipped Will Have a 3G/4G Modem in 2015, Says In-Stat

SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwire - May 18, 2011) - Consumers of portable and computing devices require constant connectivity in order to access the Internet, engage in social networking, and share multimedia content. In fact, this consistent connected experience is imperative in today's digital lifestyle. New In-Stat research suggests that this trend represents an opportunity for mobile operators to move beyond the maturing handset market and into connecting emerging wireless device markets, like e-readers and tablets. By 2015 for example, tablets will have the highest 3G/4G attach rate among all cellular-enabled portable and computing devices with 78% of tablets shipping with a 3G/4G modem, according to In-Stat (

"The emerging tablet market represents one of the strongest opportunities for embedded 3G/4G technology," says Stephanie Ethier, Senior Analyst. "Cellular connectivity will also continue to find its way into e-readers, as well. By 2015, 65% of e-readers worldwide will ship with an embedded 3G/4G modem."

In-Stat's latest research covers the market for non-traditional cellular-connected devices, and includes forecasts for tablets, e-readers, portable navigation devices (PNDs), and digital photo frames. Additional research findings include:

  • Approximately 16 million portable and computing devices shipped with 3G/4G cellular connectivity in 2010.
  • Over 50% of all 3G/4G tablets in 2015 will have LTE WAN connectivity.
  • By 2015, 52% of cellular-connected portable and computing devices in Asia will be GSM devices.
  • The Asia/Pacific region will experience the highest sustainable growth rate among 3G/4G portable and computing devices throughout the forecast period.

New In-Stat research, Worldwide 3G/4G Portable and Computing Connected Device Database(#IN1104921ID) provides worldwide and regional unit shipment forecasts of non-traditional cellular-connected CE devices, specifically e-readers, personal navigation devices, and digital photo frames. This year's update includes tablets, as well. This research also breaks out these forecasts by flavors of 3G technology, as well as 4G technologies, specifically LTE. Each forecast is broken out by the following regions: North America (US and Rest of North America), Latin America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Middle East/Africa, and Asia/Pacific.

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