SOURCE: Infonetics Research

Infonetics Research

October 15, 2009 14:41 ET

Infonetics Research: FMC and femtocell equipment forecast to hit $7.4 billion in 2013

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - October 15, 2009) - Market research firm Infonetics Research released the second edition of its biannual FMC and Femtocell Equipment, Phones, and Subscribers report.

"So far, we have found no evidence of the economic downturn having a major impact on the pace of FMC rollouts, and it has had only a mild effect on the femtocell space. In the first half of 2009, we saw unabated UMA rollouts at T-Mobile USA, Orange, and Rogers Wireless in Canada, with Turk Telekom joining the bandwagon more recently," notes Stéphane Téral, principal analyst for mobile and FMC infrastructure at Infonetics Research.

"As for the femtocell market, the lack of a clearly defined business model is persuading some service providers to postpone launching femtocell services until the market recovers, while others are moving forward. AT&T is the first operator in the US to launch 3G femtocell services to improve indoor voice and data coverage, and Verizon and Vodafone also have launched commercial femtocell services. We expect at least a dozen major operators to launch in 2010, giving this market a kick-start," explains Richard Webb, directing analyst for WiMAX, microwave, and mobile devices at Infonetics Research.


--  Sales of FMC network element equipment and femtocell equipment are
    forecast to grow to $7.4 billion worldwide by 2013
--  The number of 2G and 3G femtocells sold for use in GSM/GPRS, CDMA, W-
    CDMA/HSPA and CDMA2000/EV-DO networks will increase five-fold from 2009 to
--  Sales of security gateways deployed to enable femtocells and dual mode
    handsets are expected to top $1.0 billion in 2013
--  Nokia increased its lead in the massive dual service phone market in
    two consecutive quarters, with over a third of worldwide revenue in 2Q09
--  In the very tight race for second position in the worldwide dual mode
    service phone market, Samsung, Apple, and HTC are within one or two
    percentage points of each other
--  Worldwide manufacturer revenue from dual mode cellular and WiFi phones
    dropped 29% in the first half of 2009 compared to the previous six months,
    as the recession bit into the mobile phone market
--  Worldwide seamless FMC subscribers are forecast to grow nearly 10-fold
    between 2008 and 2013, to 82 million


Infonetics' FMC and femtocell report provides market size, market share, analysis, and forecasts through 2013 for 2G and 3G femtocells, FMC network elements (UNCs, femtocell RNCs, security gateways, VCC application servers), dual mode cellular and WiFi phones (dual service phones, UMA and IMS seamless FMC phones), and UMA and IMS seamless FMC subscribers.

Companies tracked: Alcatel-Lucent, Apple, Ericsson, HTC, IntelliNet (Azaire), Kineto Wireless, LG, Motorola, NEC, Nokia, Nortel, Panasonic, RIM, Sagem, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, ZTE, others.

The report features customizable pivot tables, service provider FMC and femtocell deployments, FMC service plans, customer wins, and service provider and vendor announcements.


-- 4G Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey (October 2009)


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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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