Infonetics: LTE smartphones up 151% in 4th quarter

  Infonetics: LTE smartphones up 151% in 4th quarter

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CAMPBELL, Calif. -- March 21, 2013

Infonetics Research released excerpts from its 4^th quarter 2012 (4Q12) and
year-end 3G and 4G Mobile Broadband Devices and Subscribers market share and
forecast report.

The comprehensive report tracks over 50 mobile broadband market segments and
sub-segments, including smartphones, operating systems (OS), routers, cards,
USBs, embedded devices (such as tablets) and subscribers, all by the type of
network they connect to, including Long Term Evolution (LTE), W-CDMA/HSPA, and
other networks.

ANALYST NOTE

“FDD-LTE was the biggest driver for smartphone growth in the final quarter of
2012, with unit growth of 151%, the second straight quarter of triple-digit
growth,” reports Julien Blin, directing analyst for consumer electronics and
mobile broadband at Infonetics Research. “TDD-LTE smartphones are also ramping
fast, albeit from a much smaller base, despite a temporary dip in growth in
the 4^th quarter. In 2012, 5 times as many W-CDMA/HSPA smartphones shipped as
LTE smartphones. By 2015 we expect LTE smartphones to overtake W-CDMA/HSPA.”

Blin adds, “Similarly in the tablet space, the growing popularity of low-cost
LTE tablets, shared data plans, and improved LTE network coverage (especially
in developed markets like North America and Western Europe), will drive
LTE-enabled tablets to close the gap on WiFi-only tablets by 2017.”

MOBILE BROADBAND DEVICE MARKET HIGHLIGHTS

  *The global smartphone market totaled $247 billion in 2012, up 51% from
    2011
  *Owing to the introduction of the iPhone 5, Apple regained its lead in
    smartphone revenue market share in 4Q12 with 37%, followed by Samsung with
    29%; Samsung maintains its lead in smartphone unit share
  *Sales of tablets reached $42 billion worldwide in 2012, jumping 281% over
    2011
  *In 2012, shipments of standalone USB mobile broadband cards grew steadily,
    driven by W-CDMA shipments in developing countries and LTE growth in
    developed markets
  *Meanwhile, embedded cards declined as the more functional tablet segment
    overshadowed embedded PCs and mobile internet devices (MIDs)
  *Infonetics expects the number of global mobile broadband subscribers
    (phone and PC) to grow from 1.2 billion in 2012 to close to 3 billion by
    2017

REPORT SYNOPSIS

Infonetics' quarterly mobile broadband report provides worldwide and regional
market size, vendor market share, forecasts through 2017, analysis, and trends
for smartphones, smartphone OS (Android, Blackberry, iPhone, Linux, Palm,
Symbian, Windows Mobile, other), netbook OS (Linux, Mac, Windows, other),
tablet OS (Android, iOS, Windows, other), USBs, cards, routers, embedded
devices (PCs, netbooks, tablets, mobile internet devices), and subscribers.
Technologies tracked: W-CDMA/HSPA, CDMA2000/EV-DO, TD-SCDMA, FDD-LTE, TDD-LTE,
and WiMAX. Companies tracked: Apple, Dell, HTC, Huawei, LG, Motorola, Nokia,
Novatel, Qualcomm, RIM, Samsung, Sierra Wireless, Sony, ZTE, and others. To
buy the report, contact Infonetics: http://www.infonetics.com/contact.asp.

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    2013

UPCOMING MARKET SHARE/FORECAST REPORTS & SURVEYS

Download Infonetics’ market research brochure, publication calendar, events
brochure, report highlights, tables of contents, and more at
http://www.infonetics.com/login.

  *Macrocell Mobile Backhaul Equipment and Services
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  *IP RAN & 3GPP Strategies & Vendor Leadership: Global Service Provider
    Survey
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INFONETICS WEBINARS

Visit https://www.infonetics.com/infonetics-events to learn more or register
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  *Integrating Carrier WiFi with the Mobile Network (View on demand)
  *Scaling Small Cell Backhaul (View on demand)
  *Diameter Signaling Control: Managing Mobile Broadband Growth (Apr. 11:
    Register)

TO BUY REPORTS, CONTACT:

N. America (West), Asia, Latin America: Larry Howard, larry@infonetics.com, +1
408-583-3335

N. America (East), Texas, Midwest: Scott Coyne, scott@infonetics.com, +1
408-583-3395

Europe, Middle East, Africa: George Stojsavljevic, george@infonetics.com, +44
755-488-1623

Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan: http://www.infonetics.com/contact.asp

ABOUT INFONETICS

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.
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Contact:

Infonetics Research
Julien Blin, +1-408-583-3385
Directing Analyst, Consumer Electronics and Mobile Broadband
julien@infonetics.com
Twitter: @jblin