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March 03, 2011

Infonetics Report Reveals 2G/3G Remains Major Mobile Infrastructure Event

By Nathesh
TMCnet Contributor

Infonetics Research, an international market research and consulting firm serving the communications industry, released its new report, “2G/3G/4G (LTE and WiMAX (News - Alert)) Infrastructure and Subscribers,” which revealed that the 4G infrastructure market will reach $16 billion by 2015 and as of now 2G/3G remains the major mobile infrastructure event in terms of dollars.

The report asserted that though the global 2G/3G/4G infrastructure market was dragged down by 2G – 10.7 percent to $42.4 billion -- it has the capacity to rebound by 9.7 percent this year, driven by large-scale 2G capacity upgrades, 2G network modernization, and 3G coverage optimization. The 4G (LTE (News - Alert) and WiMAX) can make a real impact only by the year 2015 after the new global procurement cycle unravels.

Officials with the research firm explained that 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 percent in 2010 to $1.7 billion, remains bigger than the LTE market, and continues to show healthy growth.

Infonetics (News - Alert) Research delivers a variety of services to address the supply and demand sides of the data networking and telecom market, with strong quantitative and qualitative analysis. The firm claimed that its new 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.

Some of the notable highlights pointed out by the newly released report are: after a sharp decline in the later part of 2010, the GSM RAN market rose by 38 percent in 4Q10 over 3Q10,  thanks to the new 2G capacity upgrades in China and India as well as modernization projects in Europe. The rise of 4G infrastructure market will be fueled by new LTE and WiMAX investments; Ericsson (News - Alert) has been dubbed as the top vendor in the LTE infrastructure market while Samsung is still clinging to its top post in the WiMAX sector. The number of 2G, 3G, and 4G mobile subscribers is forecast by Infonetics to reach 7 billion by 2015; and more.

Nathesh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Nathesh's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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