SOURCE: Infonetics Research

Infonetics Research

June 08, 2010 15:46 ET

Infonetics Research: 4G survey shows majority of operators will deploy HSPA+ before LTE

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - June 8, 2010) -  Market research firm Infonetics Research ( recently published 4G Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey, for which senior analysts asked operators about their 4G network build-out plans, deployment strategies, challenges, technical and commercial drivers, and the 4G services, applications, and devices they plan to offer.

"Better spectral efficiency tops the list of technical drivers for service providers upgrading to 4G," notes Richard Webb, directing analyst for WiMAX, microwave, and mobile devices at Infonetics.

"We asked service providers around the world when they anticipate their 4G networks will be complete with commercial services running. Two-thirds said 2012 to 2014, which is a realistic timeframe when an equipment and device ecosystem based upon an IMT-Advanced definition of 4G seems likely," adds Stéphane Téral, Infonetics Research's principal analyst for mobile and FMC infrastructure.


  • 82% of service provider respondents plan to follow the W-CDMA to LTE deployment scenario, and of those, 53% plan to deploy HSPA+ before LTE

  • Half of the service providers believe 4G downlink speed will be between 25Mbps and 50Mbps at service launch, while 42% believe downlink speeds will be in excess of 50Mbps, suggesting that operators are getting more ambitious

  • 82% of service providers say they plan to launch mobile VPN services, showing the growing importance of the mobile enterprise business

  • Service providers appear to have sorted out their voice migration strategy (which was unclear in a similar Infonetics survey conducted last year), with IMS identified as the key architecture

  • Over half of the service providers surveyed plan to offer voice services over 4G one year after commercial launch


Infonetics' 4G Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey, designed and conducted by senior analysts Stéphane Téral and Richard Webb, surveyed knowledgeable purchase decision-makers at service providers in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (52%), North America (24%), Asia Pacific (24%), and Central and Latin America (5%) that operate a wireless network and have plans to deploy 4G.

The 17 service providers participating in the survey are a mix of incumbents (35%), WiMAX operators (12%) and mobile (53%) operators that together represent 40% of the world's telecom carrier revenue and 33% of the capital expenditures, as reported in Infonetics' Service Provider Capex, Opex, ARPU, and Subscribers service.

Seventy-one percent of the survey respondents have GSM/GPRS/edge networks, 71% have W-CDMA/HSPA/HSPA+ networks, 41% have fixed/nomadic or mobile WiMAX networks, and another 16% run CDMA200 networks.



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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.

Contact Information

  • Lead Analysts:
    Stéphane Téral
    Principal Analyst
    Mobile and FMC Infrastructure
    Infonetics Research
    Email Contact

    Richard Webb
    Directing Analyst
    WiMAX, Microwave, and Mobile Devices
    Infonetics Research
    Email Contact