Infonetics: Japanese Carriers Shuttering 3G as LTE Accelerates; China Mobile Subscribers Top 1 Billion

  Infonetics: Japanese Carriers Shuttering 3G as LTE Accelerates; China Mobile
  Subscribers Top 1 Billion

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CAMPBELL, Calif. -- April 17, 2013

Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its latest 2G,
3G, 4G Mobile Infrastructure and Subscribers in Japan and China market share
and forecast report, which tracks GSM, W-CDMA, TD-SCDMA, CDMA2000, and LTE
equipment and subscribers in Japan and China.

JAPAN MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE MARKET HIGHLIGHTS

“As we predicted, 2012 was THE LTE year in Japan following a year marked by 3G
reconstruction efforts after the great earthquake and tsunami. LTE revenue in
Japan soared 188% and will keep its momentum this year, driven by accelerated
rollouts and the increasing willingness of service providers to shut down 3G,”
notes Stéphane Téral, principal analyst for mobile infrastructure and carrier
economics at Infonetics Research.

  *Japan’s total mobile infrastructure (2G, 3G, 4G) market surged 78% in
    2012, to $3.9 billion, owing to a strong LTE push fueled by NTT DOCOMO,
    KDDI, and SoftBank Mobile
  *3G declined 11% in Japan in 2012
  *100% of Japan’s mobile subscribers are on 3G networks
  *Nokia Siemens Networks is #1 in LTE infrastructure revenue market share in
    Japan, followed by NEC and Ericsson
  *Infonetics expects the Japanese mobile infrastructure market to stay
    positive this year, plateau in 2014, and eventually decline by 2017 as LTE
    deployments wind down

CHINA MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE MARKET HIGHLIGHTS

“Mobile infrastructure sagged in China in 2012, but we expect the market to
bounce back nicely as the Chinese government gears up to award 4G licenses and
China Mobile prepares for a massive TD-LTE rollout with potential commercial
service by year’s end,” says Téral.

  *The mobile infrastructure (2G, 3G, 4G) market in China fell 4%
    year-over-year in 2012, dragged down by GSM, W-CDMA, and CDMA2000

       *China Mobile’s rollout of 20,000 TD-LTE eNodeBs during 4Q12 prevented
         the whole market from falling farther

  *China is home to the world’s largest mobile subscriber base, with a total
    of 1.1 billion subscribers
  *Huawei entered the Beijing market for the 1^st time in 2012, winning ¼ of
    China Mobile’s 13-city TD-LTE network project
  *Infonetics forecasts LTE in China to grow at a 38% CAGR from 2012 to 2017

2G, 3G, 4G JAPAN AND CHINA REPORT SYNOPSIS

Infonetics’ biannual mobile infrastructure and subscribers in Japan and China
report provides market size, vendor market share, forecasts through 2017, and
analysis for GSM, W-CDMA, TD-SCDMA, CDMA2000, and LTE equipment and
subscribers in Japan and China. The report includes an LTE Deployment Tracker
and includes customer wins and vendor and operator announcements. To buy the
report, contact Infonetics: http://www.infonetics.com/contact.asp.

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Visit https://www.infonetics.com/infonetics-events to learn more or register
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UPCOMING MARKET SHARE / SIZE / 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.

  *2G, 3G, 4G Mobile Infrastructure and Subscribers - 1Q13 Edition
  *2G, 3G, 4G Mobile Services and Subscribers: Voice, SMS/MMS, and Broadband
  *3G and 4G Mobile Broadband Devices and Subscribers - 1Q13 Edition
  *Embedded Mobile M2M Modules
  *IP RAN and 3GPP Strategies and Vendor Leadership: Service Provider Survey
  *Service Provider Capex, Revenue, and Capex by Equipment Type
  *Service Provider Outsourcing to Vendors

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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Infonetics Research
Stéphane Téral, +1 408-583-3371
Principal Analyst, Mobile Infrastructure and Carrier Economics
stephane@infonetics.com
Twitter: @infonetics