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The 2G, 3G and 4G Wireless Network Infrastructure Market: 2012-2017

December 2012

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The 2G, 3G & 4G Wireless Network Infrastructure 2012 - 2017.pdf

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LTE, Mobile Broadband, Mobile Devices, Cellular Networks, Mobile Network Operators, VoIP, Telecom Regulation

Abstract

The wireless network infrastructure market is currently in a phase of transition as mobile network operators seek to address increasing mobile traffic demands amidst global economic uncertainties. This paradigm shift is bringing new challenges and opportunities to infrastructure vendors.

In 2011, global 2G, 3G and 4G wireless infrastructure revenues stood at $45.9 billion. Signals and Systems Telecom estimates that these revenues will increase 8 percent year on year (YOY) reaching $49.7 billion by end of 2012, primarily driven by LTE investments. However, between 2012 and 2017, the market is expected to shrink to $48.6 billion.

Although the new wave of 4G macrocell Radio Access Network (RAN) and core network investments will not be able to compensate the overall declines in 2G and 3G equipment sales, operators are expected to significantly increase their spending in the evolving small cell and carrier WiFi equipment market. Small cell and WiFi offload equipment will represent a market worth $5.4 billion in 2017. Consequently the small cell and WiFi offload market segment is attracting considerable attention from both established vendors as well as startups which solely focus on the small cell market.

This report provides an in-depth assessment of the 2G, 3G and 4G wireless network infrastructure market, and also explores the small cell and WiFi offload, and the mobile backhaul markets. Besides analyzing the key market drivers, challenges, regional CAPEX commitments and vendor strategies, the report also presents revenue and unit shipment forecasts for the wireless network infrastructure, small cell and WiFi offload, and the mobile backhaul markets from 2012 to 2017 at a regional as well as a global scale. Historical figures and vendor shares are also provided for 2010 and 2011.

Additional Details

Topics Covered

The report covers the following topics:

  • 2G (GSM and CDMA) technology and market trends
  • 3G (WCDMA, TD-SCDMA and CDMA-2000) technology and market trends
  • 4G (LTE, WiMAX) technology and market trends
  • Core network equipment market trends
  • Mobile backhaul equipment and market trends
  • WiFi offload, small cell and HetNet technology and market trends
  • Market drivers for wireless network infrastructure investments
  • Challenges to the wireless network infrastructure ecosystem
  • Vendor profiles and strategies
  • Global and regional market analysis and forecasts
  • SWOT analysis of the wireless network infrastructure market

Key Questions Answered

The report answers the following key questions:

  • How is the 2G, 3G & 4G infrastructure market evolving by segment and region? What will the market size be in 2017 and at what rate will it grow?
  • What trends, challenges and barriers are influencing its growth?
  • How will the market shape for small cell infrastructure such as Femtocells, Picocells, Microcells and other ""HetNet"" deployments?
  • How will WiFi fit into future network architectures for access and offload?
  • Who are the key vendors in the market, what is their market share and what are their strategies?
  • What strategies should be adopted by operators and vendors to remain a dominant market force?
  • Which 2G, 3G & 4G technology constitutes the highest amount of spending and how will this evolve overtime?
  • How will LTE deployments proceed, and how long will GSM, HSPA and CDMA technologies coexist with LTE?
  • When will WiMAX infrastructure spending diminish?
  • What is the global and regional outlook for RAN and core network sub-markets?
  • What is the opportunity for wireless backhaul market, and what new backhaul solutions are evolving?

Companies Mentioned

Acme Packet, Actelis Adtran, ADVA, Airvana, Alcatel Lucent, Alvarion, ANDA, Apertio, Argela, Axerra, BLiNQ, Canoga Perkins, Celtro, Ciena, Cisco, Clavister, Clearwire, Contela, ECI, Ericsson, FibroLAN, Fujitsu, Genband, Hatteras, HP, Huawei, Intel, Ip-Access, IPITEK, Juniper, Metaswitch Networks, MetroPCS, Mindspeed, Motorola, MRV, NEC, Nortel, Nokia Siemens Networks, NTT DoCoMo, Overture, Positron, RAD, Samsung, Siklu, Softbank, Sonus Networks, Starent Networks, , elco Systems, Telefonica, TeliaSonera, Tellabs, Telrad, Thomson, Three, Turin, Ubee interactive, Ubiquisys, UTstarcom, Vodafone, Wavion, Yota, ZTE

Countries Covered

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Cocos Islands, Colombia, Comoros Islands, Congo, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo (ex-Zaire), Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Finland, France, French Guiana, French Polynesia (ex-Tahiti), French West Indies, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, , Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Grenada, Guam, Guatemala, Guernsey, Guinea Republic, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jersey, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, , Kirghizstan, Kiribati, Korea, Kosovo, Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal. Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, North Korea, Northern Marianas, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Réunion, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Samoa, Samoa (American), Sao Tomé and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Arab Emirates, Uganda, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Uruguay, US Virgin Islands, United States of America, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Executive Summary
  • Topics Covered
  • Key Questions Answered
  • Key Findings
  • Methodology
  • Target Audience
  • Companies Mentioned
  • Chapter 2: An Overview of the Wireless Infrastructure Market
  • 2G (GSM and CDMA)
  • 2G Trends and Developments
  • 2G Market Summary
  • 3G (WCDMA, TD-SCDMA and CDMA 2000)
  • 3G Trends and Developments
  • 3G Market Summary
  • 4G (LTE and WiMAX)
  • 4G Trends and Developments
  • 4G Market Summary
  • RAN Market for 2G/3G/4G
  • RAN Trends and Developments
  • C-RAN
  • HetNets
  • Mobile Core Network for 2G/3G/4G
  • Mobile Core Trends and Developments
  • Summary
  • Backhaul
  • Backhaul Trends and Developments
  • Summary
  • WiFi Offload
  • Wi-Fi Trends and Developments
  • Wi-Fi Summary
  • Small Cell Market
  • Femtocell
  • Picocell
  • Microcell
  • Metrocell
  • Small Cells Trends and Developments
  • Chapter 3: Market Drivers, Barriers and Risks
  • Mobile Infrastructure Market Drivers
  • Smartphone and Tablet Proliferation
  • Strategic Choice for Operators: Reduce Cost per Mega Bit
  • Strategic Choice for Operators: Offer Subsidised and Affordable Smartphones
  • Mobile Subscription Growth
  • Strategic Choice for Operators: Upgrade to New Technologies and Architectures
  • Mobile Broadband Growth
  • Strategic Choice for Operators: Invest in Backhaul
  • Data Traffic Growth
  • Strategic Choice for Operators: Smarter Data offloading
  • Trend Summary
  • Barriers
  • A drop in CAPEX/Sales Ratio
  • Operators Embracing RAN Sharing
  • Operators are Finding Innovative Ways to Address Capacity Issues
  • Risks
  • Political, Social, Economic, Social and Environmental Threats
  • Summary of Driving and Resisting Forces
  • Business Case for Investments in New and Existing Technologies
  • Gain Operational Efficiencies through strategic Investments
  • Invest in Capacity for Increased Revenue Opportunities
  • Deliver Best User Experience
  • Reduce Competitive Threats
  • Target the M2M opportunities
  • Increase Customer Satisfaction
  • Capitalise on Differentiation Strategy
  • Evolve towards NG Networks
  • Chapter 4: Market Analysis and Forecasts
  • Market Definition
  • The Global 2G, 3G and 4G Wireless Infrastructure Market
  • 2G (GSM and CDMA)
  • Market Assessment
  • Forecast
  • Market Opportunity Analysis
  • Summary
  • 3G (WCDMA, TD-SCDMA and CDMA 2000)
  • Market Assessment
  • Forecast
  • Market Opportunity Analysis
  • Summary
  • 4G (LTE and WiMax)
  • LTE Market Assessment
  • WiMAX Market Assessment
  • Forecast
  • 4G Market Opportunity Analysis
  • Summary
  • RAN
  • RAN Market Assessment
  • Forecast
  • Market Opportunity Analysis
  • Small Cells
  • Market Assessment
  • Forecast
  • Mobile Core
  • Packet Core Market Assessment
  • Forecast
  • Market Opportunity Analysis
  • Backhaul
  • Market Assessment
  • Forecast
  • WiFi Market
  • Wi-Fi Market Assessment
  • Market Forecast
  • Wi-Fi Market Opportunity Analysis
  • Summary
  • Chapter 5: Regional 2G, 3G and 4G wireless Infrastructure Markets
  • North American Market
  • Market Dynamics
  • Forecast
  • Asia Pacific
  • Market Dynamics
  • Forecast
  • Western Europe
  • Market Dynamics
  • Forecast
  • Latin and Central America
  • Market Dynamics
  • Forecast
  • Eastern Europe
  • Market Dynamics
  • Forecast
  • Africa
  • Market Dynamics
  • Forecast
  • Middle East
  • Market Dynamics
  • Forecast
  • Summary
  • Chapter 6: Wireless Infrastructure Market Dynamics
  • Vendor Profiles
  • Ericsson
  • Portfolio
  • Strategy
  • Market Momentum
  • Alcatel Lucent
  • Portfolio
  • Strategy
  • Market Momentum
  • Huawei
  • Portfolio
  • Strategies
  • Market Momentum
  • ZTE
  • Portfolio
  • Strategies
  • Market Momentum
  • NSN
  • Strategies
  • Portfolio
  • Market Momentum
  • Samsung
  • Portfolio
  • Strategy
  • Market Momentum
  • Cisco
  • Portfolio
  • Strategy
  • Market Momentum
  • Alvarion
  • Portfolio
  • Strategy
  • Market Momentum
  • Acme Packet
  • Portfolio
  • Strategy
  • NEC
  • Fujitsu
  • BLiNQ
  • Market Momentum
  • Siklu
  • Vendor Outlook
  • Vendor Rankings
  • Chapter 7: Conclusion
  • SWOT Analysis
  • Recommendations for Operators
  • Recommendations for Infrastructure Vendors

List of Tables

  • Table 1: RAN Component Segmentation by Technology
  • Table 2: Backhaul Technologies
  • Table 3: Strategic Options for Operators
  • Table 4: RAN Revenues by Technology ($ billions) 2010-2017
  • Table 5: Barriers and Risks with WiMAX
  • Table 6: Key Small Cell Vendors
  • Table 7: Major Mobile Ethernet Backhaul Vendors
  • Table 8: Major Mobile Microwave Backhaul Vendors 8
  • Table 9: Asia Pacific Market Dynamics
  • Table 10: Leading Vendors by Key Technologies
  • Table 11: Vendor Ranking by H1 2012 Revenues
  • Table 12: Vendor Market Share 2010-2011
  • Table 13: SWOT Analysis

List of Figures

  • Figure 1: Key Wireless Technologies Used Across the Globe
  • Figure 2: 3GPP Wireless Technology Evolution
  • Figure 3: Global GSM Networks 1991 - 2011
  • Figure 4: Global GSM Subscription (Billions) 1991 - 2011
  • Figure 5: Global WCDMA and HSPA Subscription (Millions) 2010 - 2017
  • Figure 6: Global WCDMA Subscription (%) 2012
  • Figure 7: Global LTE Commercial Launches 2009-2012
  • Figure 8: Global Smartphone Shipment (Millions) 2009-2017
  • Figure 9: Global Mobile Handset vs. Smartphone Shipment (Millions) 2010-2017
  • Figure 10: Global Smartphone Subscribers as a Percentage of the Mobile Subscribers (Billions) 2010-2017
  • Figure 11: Global Mobile Subscriptions (Billions) 2009-2017
  • Figure 12: Global Mobile Traffic (Exabyte) 2011-2017
  • Figure 13: Global 2G, 3G and 4G Wireless Infrastructure Revenues ($Millions) 2010 - 2017
  • Figure 14: Global 2G Vs. 4G Wireless Infrastructure Revenues ($billions) 2011- 2017
  • Figure 15: Global Wireless RAN Revenues by Technology ($Billions) 2010 - 2017
  • Figure 16: Global Mobile Subscription by Technology (%) 2012
  • Figure 17: Global GSM RAN Revenues ($ Billions) 2010 - 2017
  • Figure 18: Global CDMA RAN Revenues (Billions) 2010 - 2017
  • Figure 19: Global GSM Spend (%) 2011-2017
  • Figure 20: Global WCDMA RAN Infrastructure Revenues (Billions) 2010 - 2017
  • Figure 21: TD-SCDMA RAN Revenues ($ Billions) 2010 - 2017
  • Figure 22: Global GSM and WCDMA RAN Revenues ($ Billions) 2010 - 2017
  • Figure 23: Global LTE RAN Infrastructure Revenues (Billions) 2010 - 2017
  • Figure 24: Global WiMAX RAN Revenues (Billions) 2010 - 2017
  • Figure 25: Global RAN Revenues by Technologies (%) 2011 - 2017
  • Figure 26: Global BTS Unit Shipment 2011 - 2017
  • Figure 27: Global Base Station Shipment by Region (%) 2011 - 2017
  • Figure 28: Small Cell Unit Shipments Revenue (USD Millions) 2011 - 2017
  • Figure 29: Small Cell Unit Shipments (Thousands of Unit Shipments) 2010-2017 by Cell Type
  • Figure 30: Small Cell Market Share by Vendors (%) 2010-2011
  • Figure 31: 3G/4G Small Cell Unit Shipments Revenue by Region (USD Millions) 2011 - 2017
  • Figure 32: Small Cell Unit Shipments (Thousands of Unit Shipments) 2011 - 2017 by Region
  • Figure 33: Evolved Packet Core Revenues ($Million) 2011-2017
  • Figure 34: 3G Packet Core Revenues ($Million) 2011-2017
  • Figure 35: HLR and MSC Revenues ($Million) 2011-2017
  • Figure 36: Global Spending on Mobile Backhaul Equipment ($billion): 2011 - 2017
  • Figure 37: Mobile Microwave Backhaul Market Share by Vendors (%) 2010-2011
  • Figure 38: Mobile Backhaul Ethernet Market Share by Vendors (%) 2010-2011
  • Figure 39: Spending on Mobile Backhaul by Technology (%) 2017
  • Figure 40: Mobile Backhaul Market Revenues by Region ($ billions) 2011 - 2017
  • Figure 41: WiFi Offload Small Cell Infrastructure Market Share by Vendor: 2010-2011
  • Figure 42: 2G, 3G and 4G Wirelesses Infrastructure Revenues by Region ($Millions) 2011 - 2017
  • Figure 43: 2G, 3G and 4G Wirelesses Infrastructure Market Share Comparison (%) by Region 2012-2017
  • Figure 44: 2G, 3G and 4G Wirelesses Infrastructure Market Share by Region (%) 2012
  • Figure 45: 2G, 3G and 4G Wirelesses Infrastructure Market Share by Region (%) 2017
  • Figure 46: North American 2G, 3G and 4G wirelesses Infrastructure Revenues ($Million) 2010-2017
  • Figure 47: North American 2G/3G vs. 4G wirelesses Infrastructure Revenues ($Million) 2010-2017
  • Figure 48: North American 4G wirelesses Infrastructure Revenues ($Million) 2010-2017
  • Figure 49: North American wirelesses Infrastructure Revenues by Technology ($Million) 2010-2017
  • Figure 50: North American Core vs. RAN Wireless Infrastructure Revenues ($millions) 2010-2017
  • Figure 51: Asia Pacific 2G, 3G and 4G wirelesses Infrastructure Revenues ($Million) 2011-2017
  • Figure 52: Asia Pacific 2G/3G Vs. 4G wirelesses Infrastructure Revenues ($Million) 2011-2017
  • Figure 53: Asia Pacific RAN Vs. Core wirelesses Infrastructure Revenues ($Million) 2011-2017
  • Figure 54: Asia Pacific Wirelesses Infrastructure Revenues by Technology ($Million) 2011-2017
  • Figure 55: Western Europe Wirelesses Infrastructure Revenues ($Million) 2011-2017
  • Figure 56: Western Europe 2G/3G vs. 4G Wirelesses Infrastructure Revenues ($Million) 2011-2017
  • Figure 57: Western Europe Wirelesses Infrastructure Revenues ($Million) by Technology 2011-2017
  • Figure 58: Western Europe RAN vs. Core Wirelesses Infrastructure Revenues ($Million) 2011-2017
  • Figure 59: Latin and Central America Wirelesses Infrastructure Revenues ($Million) 2011-2017
  • Figure 60: Latin and Central America 2G/3G vs. 4G Wirelesses Infrastructure Revenues ($Million) 2011-2017
  • Figure 61: Latin and Central America Wirelesses Infrastructure Revenues by Technology ($Million) 2011-2017
  • Figure 62: Latin and Central America Core Vs. RAN Wirelesses Infrastructure Revenues ($Million) 2011-2017
  • Figure 63: Eastern Europe Wirelesses Infrastructure Revenues ($Million) 2011-2017
  • Figure 64: Eastern Europe 2G/3G vs. 4G Wirelesses Infrastructure Revenues ($Million) 2011-2017
  • Figure 65: Eastern Europe Wirelesses Infrastructure Revenues by Technology ($Million) 2011-2017
  • Figure 66: Eastern Europe Core vs. RAN Wirelesses Infrastructure Revenues ($Million) 2011-2017
  • Figure 67: Africa Wirelesses Infrastructure Revenues ($Million) 2011-2017
  • Figure 68: Africa Wirelesses 2G/3G vs. 4G Infrastructure Revenues ($Million) 2011-2017
  • Figure 69: Africa Wirelesses Infrastructure Revenues by Technology ($Million) 2011-2017
  • Figure 70: Africa Wirelesses Core vs. RAN Infrastructure Revenues ($Million) 2011-2017
  • Figure 71: Middle East Wirelesses Infrastructure Revenues ($Million) 2011-2017
  • Figure 72: Middle East 2G/3G Vs. 4G Wirelesses Infrastructure Revenues ($Million) 2011-2017
  • Figure 73: Middle East Wirelesses Infrastructure Revenues by Technology ($Million) 2011-2017
  • Figure 74: Vendor Market Share (%) 2010-2011