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LTE Devices and Applications
Next-generation mobile networks driven by video services

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Long Term Evolution (LTE) is a next-generation cellular network technology, sometimes referred to as 4G. As described in this report, LTE is the technology of choice for most mobile operators, and with strong momentum, we expect it to be the long-term, next-generation network technology of choice. LTE has already overtaken WiMAX subscriptions in 2011, and the range of LTE devices has increased elevenfold in the past year. The largest LTE device segment will be PCs through 2014, as operators initially focus on mobile broadband access for PCs. But after 2014, the PC segment will be replaced by smartphones, with operators announcing more and more LTE models. The heavy emphasis on videos will drive mobile data usage for operators, as will the fact that LTE is well-suited for cloud-based computing thanks to its high bandwidth. In 2016, Pyramid Research forecasts there will be 592m LTE subscriptions, equivalent to 7.3% of all cellular subscriptions at that time.

Key Findings

  • LTE is gaining strong momentum and has already overtaken mobile WiMAX subscriptions during 2011. To date, 35 mobile operators have launched commercial LTE networks, a range of 417 devices have become available and the technology is maturing since the first network became live in late 2009.
  • The device range is booming, having increased elevenfold between the end of 2010 and October 2011.Three out of five device models are discrete modems, either routers or PC add-on devices. Samsung has shown the strongest support for LTE devices, offering a range of different devices and providing the largest range of smartphones and tablets thus far.
  • The initial focus of all operators is mobile broadband access for PCs. These subscriptions represent around 80% of all mobile data traffic, even though they account for fewer than 4% of mobile subscriptions.
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Key Questions Answered

  • What is the potential size of the LTE market?
  • What different approaches are operators taking in launching LTE networks?
  • What makes up the key components of the LTE value chain?
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Target audience

The report is targeted at a range of industry participants requiring an overview of the market and an analysis of the different players, and a particular need to understand how operators are positioning themselves, including:

  • Mobile network operators;
  • Applications developers;
  • Handset and device manufacturers.

Companies mentioned in this report:


Deutsche Telekom


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LTE Devices and Applications: Next-generation mobile networks driven by video services is part of Pyramid’s research report series. A blend of primary research and qualitative analysis, Pyramid’s research reports offer comprehensive coverage of the fixed and mobile communications space and enable those in the communications industry to stay ahead of changing market dynamics. For more information about this report, please contact us via email at or telephone at + 1 ( 617) 747-4100.

Author: Jan ten Sythoff

Publication Date: January 2012

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