SOURCE: Infonetics Research

Infonetics Research

March 01, 2011 19:05 ET

Infonetics Research: 4G infrastructure market to hit $16 billion by 2015

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - March 1, 2011) - Market research firm Infonetics Research ( today released a new report, 2G/3G/4G (LTE and WiMAX) Infrastructure and Subscribers, which takes a comprehensive look at the mobile and wireless equipment markets, including vendor market share, forecasts, and LTE and WIMAX deployment trackers by service provider and country.


"At the end of the day, 2G/3G remains the major mobile infrastructure event, dollar-wise. In 2010, the global 2G/3G/4G infrastructure market declined 10.7% to $42.4 billion, dragged down by 2G, but is expected to rebound by 9.7% this year, driven by large-scale 2G capacity upgrades, 2G network modernization, and 3G coverage optimization. It's only in 2015 that 4G (LTE and WiMAX) will have a more significant impact when a new global procurement cycle starts," predicts Stéphane Téral, Infonetics Research's principal analyst for mobile infrastructure.

"WiMAX likely will become established as the solution of choice for niche applications, such as supporting the smart grid, public safety, private citywide communications segments, as well as more basic broadband needs. With the high volume of LTE news, people tend to overlook the fact that the WiMAX equipment market, which jumped 85% in 2010 to $1.7 billion, remains bigger than the LTE market, and continues to show healthy growth," notes Richard Webb, directing analyst for WiMAX, microwave, and mobile devices at Infonetics Research.


  • After plunging in the second half of 2010, the GSM RAN market bounced back (up 38% in 4Q10 over 3Q10), fueled by the start of major 2G capacity upgrades in China and India as well as modernization projects in Europe
  • LTE network equipment, including E-UTRAN (eNodeB) macrocells and Evolved Packet Core (EPC) equipment, jumped 704% in 2010 over 2009
  • Infonetics forecasts the 4G infrastructure market to hit $16 billion by 2015, driven by LTE and WiMAX investments
  • Ericsson is the #1 LTE infrastructure vendor, followed by Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia Siemens Networks
  • Samsung remains the top-selling WiMAX vendor, followed by Huawei, Alvarion, and Motorola
  • The number of 2G, 3G, and 4G mobile subscribers is forecast by Infonetics to reach 7 billion by 2015


Infonetics' 2G/3G/4G Infrastructure report provides worldwide and regional market size, market share, market analysis, and market forecasts through 2015 for Long Term Evolution (LTE), WiMAX, and 2G and 3G network equipment. The report includes a fixed and mobile WiMAX Network Deployment Tracker and an LTE Deployment Tracker.

Companies tracked include Acme Packet, Airspan, Alcatel-Lucent, Alvarion, Apertio, Aperto, Aviat (Harris-Stratex), Cisco (Starent), Datang Mobile, Ericsson, Fujitsu, GENBAND, HP, Huawei, Motorola, NEC, Nokia Siemens, Proxim, Redline, Samsung, Tellabs, UTStarcom, ZTE, and many others.

Equipment tracked and forecasted includes LTE equipment (FDD and TDD E-UTRAN macrocells and Evolved Packet Core, or EPC); WiMAX equipment (802.16d base transceiver stations; 802.16e home agents, ASN gateways, and macro, micro, and pico base transceiver stations; and forecasted 802.16m equipment) and 2G and 3G equipment, including RAN (remote radio heads; base station controllers; and macrocell, microcell and picocell base transceiver stations), mobile switching subsystem equipment (mobile switching centers MSCs, including soft MSCs and wireless media gateways), mobile packet core network equipment (GPRS gateway support nodes, or GGSNs, serving GPRS support nodes, or SGSNs, packet data serving nodes, or PDSNs, and security gateways on dual mode handsets and femtocells), and home location register (HLR) equipment.

Subscribers tracked and forecasted include LTE, 802.16d, 802.16e, 802.16m, and mobile subscribers.

RAN and MSS equipment and mobile subscribers are tracked by technology: GSM, W-CDMA, CDMA2000, TD-SCDMA, cdmaOne.



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Infonetics Research is an international market research and consulting firm serving the communications industry since 1990. A leader in defining and tracking emerging and established technologies in all world regions, Infonetics helps clients plan, strategize, and compete more effectively.

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