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Asia-Pacific dominates LTE market with fourfold growth

Posted: 17 Oct 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:LTE? macro base stations? TD-LTE?

ABI Research forecasts that the global LTE installed base this year will grow more than 130 per cent YoY with the China Mobile deployment consuming the majority of that increase. With China Mobile officially upgrading its network to TD-LTE and issuing a huge tender for 207,000 base stations, 2013 is set to become a peak year for LTE macro base station deployments, stated the market research company.

The Asia-Pacific region now becomes the largest market for LTE followed by North America and Western Europe with the regional installed base growing four times from 2012, added ABI Research.

"LTE base station shipments in Asia-Pacific are set to grow over three times this year," noted Nick Marshall, principal analyst at ABI Research. "LTE macro RAN spending is also set to more than double as LTE expenditures rise to reach almost 50 per cent of RAN spending, with Huawei, ZTE, Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia Solutions and Networks all set to benefit."

By 2018, ABI Research expects China to have the largest LTE installed base in the region, and the world, and India to have the second largest. Combined, these countries will represent over 75 per cent of the LTE installed base in Asia-Pacific and Asia-Pacific will represent almost 45 per cent of the world's LTE installed base.

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