Infonetics: WiFi Tablets Pressuring Embedded Mobile Broadband Card Market

  Infonetics: WiFi Tablets Pressuring Embedded Mobile Broadband Card Market

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CAMPBELL, Calif. -- June 25, 2013

Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its 1^st
quarter 2013 (1Q13) 3G and 4G Mobile Broadband Devices and Subscribers market
share, size and forecasts 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

“The growing popularity of low-cost, WiFi-only tablets like Google’s Nexus 7
and Amazon’s Kindle Fire is having a direct and negative impact on embedded
mobile broadband cards, as the vast majority of embedded device units come
from connected tablets,” notes Richard Webb, Infonetics Research’s directing
analyst for microwave and carrier WiFi.

Webb adds: “Both unit shipments and revenue for the embedded card segment sank
by double digits in 1Q13 from the previous quarter and the year-ago quarter.”

1Q13 MOBILE BROADBAND MARKET HIGHLIGHTS

  *The global 3G/4G mobile broadband device market, including smartphones,
    embedded devices and routers, totaled $93 billion in 1Q13, dropping off 6%
    from 4Q12
  *Tablets comprised 89% of embedded device units in 1Q13
  *By 2017, Infonetics expects FDD-LTE mobile broadband tablets to edge out
    WiFi-only tablets in revenue share, with the higher selling price of
    connected tablets playing a key role
  *Windows 8 is struggling to make a dent in the smartphone operating system
    (OS) segment, but did pass Blackberry in 1Q13 to take 3^rd place behind
    big gorillas Andriod and iOS
  *Tablets have dealt a death blow to the netbook: leading netbook
    manufacturers Acer and Asus announced plans to cease production of
    netbooks

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.
Companies tracked: Apple, Dell, HTC, Huawei, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Novatel
Wireless, Qualcomm, RIM, Samsung, Sierra Wireless, Sony, ZTE and others. To
buy report, contact Infonetics: http://www.infonetics.com/contact.asp.

RELATED RESEARCH

  *Infonetics June Mobile and M2M research brief: http://bit.ly/14IBINN
  *Mobile M2M module segment of the M2M market hits $1.5 billion
  *European consumers spending less on mobile communications
  *User experience takes front seat in HSPA+ and EDGE deployments – new
    Infonetics survey
  *LTE not enough to lift mobile infrastructure market in Q1
  *Apple’s HTTP Live Streaming, HTML5 are top picks among operators
    delivering OTT video

UPCOMING MARKET FORECASTS, SURVEYS & SCORECARDS

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

  *Telecom and Datacom Market Drivers
  *Mobile VoIP Services and Subscribers
  *Service Provider Capex, Opex, Revenue, and Subscribers Database
  *LTE Strategies and Vendor Leadership: Global Service Provider Survey
  *Telecommunications Equipment Vendor Leadership Scorecard

INFONETICS WEBINARS

Visit https://www.infonetics.com/infonetics-events to register for upcoming
webinars, view recent webinars on demand or learn about sponsoring a webinar.

  *SDNs and NFV: Why Operators Are Investing Now (June 26: Learn more /
    register)
  *Improving Network Economics with IP over OTN (June 27: Learn more /
    register)
  *The 100G Metro Optical Opportunity (July 24: Learn more / register)
  *Leveraging Hotspot 2.0 for Carrier WiFi Networks (View on demand)

TO BUY REPORTS, CONTACT:

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

N. America (East), Midwest, L. America: 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.
View Infonetics’ About Us slides at http://bit.ly/QUrbrV.

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Contact:

Infonetics Research
Richard Webb, +44-1689-851-618 or +1 408-583-3369
Directing Analyst, Microwave and Carrier WiFi
richard@infonetics.com
Twitter: @RichardAWebb