SOURCE: Infonetics Research

Infonetics Research

September 09, 2009 12:43 ET

Infonetics Research: Mobile broadband services expected to more than double by 2013

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - September 9, 2009) - Communications market research firm Infonetics Research today released a new market size and forecast report, Mobile Services and Subscribers Market Outlook: Voice, SMS/MMS, and Broadband.

"There is no question that mobile broadband services represent the next big wave of revenue for mobile operators. But make no mistake: voice service is not going away and will keep its lion's share of operator revenue for the foreseeable future, even as mobile operators diversify revenue streams," observes Stéphane Téral, principal analyst for mobile and FMC infrastructure at Infonetics Research.


-- Revenue service providers collect from cellular services hit
   $624 billion in 2008 (up 13% from 2007), and is expected to top
   $877 billion by 2013
-- Between 2009 and 2013, worldwide mobile broadband service revenue will
   more than double
-- While service provider revenue from mobile broadband and SMS/MMS (text
   messaging/multimedia messaging) services is growing rapidly, voice
   service continues to make up the large majority of service provider
-- Voice service revenue will grow slowly through 2013, driven by
   continuing mobile subscriber growth in developing countries and the
   gradual move from fixed to mobile voice in developed countries
-- LTE service revenue is forecast to grow fast, reaching $41.7 billion in
   2013, with the majority coming from North America by 2012, due to
   Verizon's then AT&T's LTE deployments
-- Asia Pacific leads the mobile broadband race, led by early 3G adopters
   in Australia, Japan, and South Korea
-- By 2013, W-CDMA/HSPA service revenue will be almost 5 times that of CDMA
   1xEV-DO, as the majority of worldwide mobile subscribers are on GSM
-- The number of mobile broadband subscribers is forecast by Infonetics to
   hit 1 billion by 2013


Infonetics' mobile services report provides worldwide and regional market size, analysis, and forecasts through 2013 for mobile operator voice, SMS/MMS, and broadband service revenue. Mobile subscribers are tracked by type, endpoint, and technology (pre-paid, post-paid, phone-based, PC-based, GSM, W-CDMA, TD-SCDMA, cdmaOne, CDMA2000, LTE). Mobile broadband technologies tracked include W-CDMA/HSPA, CDMA2000/EV-DO, and LTE.

The report also tracks the average revenue per user (ARPU) mobile operators derive from subscribers by region (North America, EMEA, developing Asia Pacific, developed Asia Pacific, and Central and Latin America).

Analysis of overall market conditions for service providers, enterprises, subscribers, and the global economy is included, as well as customizable pivot tables for ad hoc data comparisons.


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-- Telecom carriers spent $62 billion on outsourced services in 2008, with plans to increase

-- LTE infrastructure market primed to hit $5 billion in 2013

-- Verizon Business tops Infonetics Research's Business VoIP Services Leadership Matrix

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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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Contact Information

  • Lead Analyst:
    Stéphane Téral
    Principal Analyst, Mobile and FMC Infrastructure
    Infonetics Research
    (408) 583-3371
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