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Infonetics: China’s Colossal LTE Rollouts Make Asia the World’s Largest LTE Market

Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its 2nd quarter 2014 (2Q14) 2G, 3G, LTE Mobile Infrastructure and Subscribers report, which tracks more than 50 categories of equipment, software, and subscribers based on current generations of wireless network technology.


“The astronomical LTE ramp-up in China is overshadowing strong LTE rollouts in Europe, reminiscent of China’s great 3G rollout in 2009,” says Stéphane Téral, principal analyst for mobile infrastructure and carrier economics at Infonetics Research.

China Mobile kicked off its massive TD-LTE rollout and finished the second quarter of 2014 with 410,000 eNodeBs. This propelled Asia Pacific to roughly $3 billion, or 54%, of total LTE revenue, making the region the largest LTE revenue generator by far,” continues Téral. “Meanwhile, China Unicom and China Telecom also deployed LTE, but at a more measured pace.”


  • Globally, the macrocell 2G/3G/4G mobile infrastructure market totaled $11.2 billion in 2Q14, up 4% from 1Q14 and up 11% from 2Q13
    • Growth was a result of a strong LTE ramp-up in China that created a huge eNodeB spike, capacity upgrades in the US, and sustained activity in Europe, India, and the Middle East
  • LTE accounted for half of overall mobile infrastructure revenue in 2Q14, hitting $5.6 billion (+8% over 1Q14)
  • In 2Q14, LTE rollouts fully offset the abyssal decline of 2G/3G and were again characterized by an interesting dynamic: Evolved-UTRAN (E-UTRAN) posted strong double-digit growth, while evolved packet core (EPC) took a deep dive
  • 318 commercial LTE networks have been launched worldwide as of July 28, 2014, according to the Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA)
  • A bump in CDMA2000 and LTE rollouts has lifted Infonetics’ global macrocell 2G/3G/4G mobile infrastructure market forecast, which is now anticipated to peak at $43.6 billion this year, up from $43 billion in 2013


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Infonetics’ quarterly mobile infrastructure report provides worldwide and regional market size, vendor market share, forecasts through 2018, deployment trackers, and analysis for macrocell mobile network equipment, software, and subscribers. The report tracks more than 50 subsegments of the market, including radio access networks (RANs), base transceiver stations (BTSs), mobile softswitching, packet core equipment, and E-UTRAN macrocells. Vendors tracked: Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Datang Mobile, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Genband, HP, Huawei, NEC, Nokia, Samsung, ZTE, and many others. To buy report, contact Infonetics: www.infonetics.com/contact.asp.



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Infonetics Research (www.infonetics.com) 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 effectively. View Infonetics’ About Us slides here.

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