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Infonetics Survey Identifies Operators’ LTE Deployment Challenges, Top LTE Vendors



  Infonetics Survey Identifies Operators’ LTE Deployment Challenges, Top LTE
  Vendors

Business Wire

CAMPBELL, Calif. -- September 26, 2013

Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its 2013 LTE
Strategies and Vendor Leadership: Global Service Provider Survey, for which
operators were interviewed about their Long Term Evolution (LTE) network
drivers, deployment plans, challenges and service offerings.

ANALYST NOTE

“Installing the access leg of an LTE network or E-UTRAN is going smoothly for
many of the operators we interviewed for our latest LTE study, though voice
migration to LTE and LTE roaming have emerged as major issues in the core. So
don’t expect a massive 2G/3G network shutdown anytime soon,” says Stéphane
Téral, principal analyst for mobile infrastructure and carrier economics at
Infonetics Research.

Téral adds: “Meanwhile, ‘increasing ARPU’ was among the top LTE upgrade
drivers in our 2012 LTE survey, but it fell back this year. The ARPU boost was
short-lived, suggesting that mobile operators need to charge a premium to
recoup the cost of their LTE network investment.”

LTE SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS

  * The industry is in the midst of a second wave of LTE rollouts, with a
    total 248 commercial LTE networks in 87 countries anticipated by the end
    of 2013
  * LTE-Advanced is gearing up for 4G prime time, with the 1^st commercial
    deployment launched in June 2013 by SK Telecom
  * Heterogeneous solutions comprising macrocells, microcells, picocells and
    metrocells are gaining momentum for both 3G and LTE networks
  * Operator respondents rate Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia Siemens Networks as
    the top LTE equipment manufacturers, with Alcatel-Lucent close behind

LTE SURVEY SYNOPSIS

For its 2013 39-page LTE survey, Infonetics interviewed purchase-decision
makers at 21 mobile, incumbent and competitive operators from EMEA (Europe,
Middle East, Africa), Asia Pacific, North America and Latin America that have
deployed LTE or plan to trial or deploy it by 2014. Infonetics asked service
providers about their LTE network build-out plans; deployment migration
scenarios; challenges; technical and commercial drivers; LTE services,
features and devices; and suppliers. The operators participating in the study
represent 41% of the world’s telecom capex and 36% of the world’s telecom
carrier revenue. To buy the survey, contact Infonetics:
http://www.infonetics.com/contact.asp.

RELATED RESEARCH

  * Infonetics’ latest Mobile and Wireless research brief:
    http://bit.ly/1970wxq
  * Peak year for macrocell mobile deployments; Huawei gets big boost
  * W-CDMA driving worldwide smartphone market
  * European consumers spending less on mobile communications
  * LTE not enough to lift mobile infrastructure market in Q1
  * User experience takes front seat in HSPA+ and EDGE deployments

UPCOMING MARKET FORECASTS, SURVEYS AND SCORECARDS

Download Infonetics’ 2013 market research brochure, publication calendar,
events brochure, report highlights, tables of contents, and more at
http://www.infonetics.com/login.

  * Infonetics’ new 2014 Market Research Lineup
  * M2M Connections and Services by Vertical (Sept.)
  * Service Provider Capex, Opex, Revenue, and Subscribers Database (Sept.)
  * 2G, 3G, 4G Mobile Infrastructure & Subscribers in Japan & China (Oct.)
  * Macrocell Mobile Backhaul Equipment & Services (Oct.)
  * Service Provider Capex, Revenue, and Capex by Equipment Type (Nov.)

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.

  * Building Service-Aware Networks on SDN, NFV and Network Intelligence (Oct.
    10: Register)
  * 5G and LTE-Advanced – What You Need to Know Now (Dec. 10: Sponsorships
    available)
  * Small Cells Reality Check (View on demand)
  * SMS/MMS Security Strategies for Mobile Carriers (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

EMEA, India, Singapore: 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
PRESS:
Stéphane Téral, +1 408-583-3371
Principal Analyst, Mobile Infrastructure and Carrier Economics
stephane@infonetics.com
Twitter: @infonetics
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