LTE gaining momentum in 2010, infrastructure market to top $5 billion in 2013

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October 20, 2009 | Market research firm Infonetics Research ( released the second edition of its biannual LTE Infrastructure and Subscribers market size and forecast report, which tracks E-UTRAN (Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access Network) macrocells (enhanced NodeBs) and evolved packet core (EPC) infrastructure, including the mobility management entity (MME) and access gateways.
“To date, the gloomy economic environment has not adversely affected service provider LTE plans and commitments. In fact, the number of commercial LTE launches scheduled for 2010 has risen from 10 in March to 14 now. As mobile operators initially build their LTE coverage, the E-UTRAN is where the action will be. Later, as the time comes to figure out a way to monetize LTE-based services, the significance of the evolved packet core will rise,” notes Stéphane Téral, principal analyst for mobile and FMC infrastructure at Infonetics Research.


  • The first major technical deployments of LTE have now started in Japan and the US, driven mainly by NTT DoCoMo and Verizon Wireless, for major commercial service launch in 2010
  • Peak rates, latency, and spectral efficiency are the chief drivers behind the push to make LTE the universal future-proof mobile broadband platform
  • The LTE infrastructure market is expected to top $5 billion by 2013, fueled by E-UTRAN macrocell (eNodeB) deployments
  • Based on public announcements made by service providers planning LTE services, the number of LTE service subscribers is expected to exceed 72 million by 2013
  • For the first five years of deployment, LTE will be predominantly “PC-based” (laptops, netbooks, dongles, etc.), with LTE smartphones expected to hit the market after 2011

Infonetics’ worldwide and regional LTE infrastructure and subscribers report includes an LTE Market Size and Forecast report with customizable pivot tables; an LTE Market Analysis report with top takeaways and in-depth analysis; and a Fundamental Telecom and Datacom Market Drivers report with analysis of overall market conditions for service providers, enterprises, subscribers, and the global economy.
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