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In-Stat sees 3G/4G in 78% of tablets by 2015

Posted: 20 May 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:modems? mobile computing? internet connectivity?

Consumers of portable and computing devices require constant connectivity in order to access the Internet, engage in social networking and share multimedia content. In fact, this consistent connected experience is imperative in today's digital lifestyle. A new In-Stat research suggests that this trend represents an opportunity for mobile operators to move beyond the maturing handset market and into connecting emerging wireless device markets, such as e-readers and tablets. By 2015, for example, tablets will have the highest 3G/4G attach rate among all cellular-enabled portable and computing devices with 78 percent of tablets shipping with a 3G/4G modem, according to In-Stat.

"The emerging tablet market represents one of the strongest opportunities for embedded 3G/4G technology," says Stephanie Ethier, senior analyst of In-Stat. "Cellular connectivity will also continue to find its way into e-readers, as well. By 2015, 65 percent of e-readers worldwide will ship with an embedded 3G/4G modem."

In-Stat's latest research covers the market for non-traditional cellular-connected devices, and includes forecasts for tablets, e-readers, portable navigation devices (PNDs) and digital photo frames.

In the research, In-Stat also finds out that there are approximately 16 million portable and computing devices shipped with 3G/4G cellular connectivity in 2010. Also, in 2015, it is projected that over 50 percent of all 3G/4G tablets 2015 will have LTE WAN connectivity and 52 percent of cellular-connected portable and computing devices in Asia will be GSM devices.

In-Stat also projected that the Asia-Pacific region will experience the highest sustainable growth rate among 3G/4G portable and computing devices throughout the forecast period.

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