ABI sees base station sales rising due to LTE & WCDMA
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Here's the article: LTE The total wireless infrastructure market continues its downward spiral, but base station sales, particularly within Asia-Pacific, are helping keep equipment vendors busy, according to a new report.
Expenditures in the total wireless infrastructure equipment market slid nearly 19 percent in one year, falling to $15.4 billion at the end of the third quarter of 2012, said ABI Research.
However, macro base station expenditures provided a bright spot for the industry. During 2012's third quarter, base station expenditures reached $7.6 billion in Asia-Pacific, which accounted for more than half of the total market, said ABI. The region's base station's sales were more than 4x sales in Western Europe or North America. Further, base station expenditures in Asia-Pacific recorded year-over-year growth of 50 percent during the third quarter, while spending in North America grew only 27 percent during the same period.
"Expenditures this quarter on LTE base station equipment were at the same level as Q2 2012 and almost 3x higher than in Q3 2011, and WCDMA technologies also grew by 21 percent versus the year ago quarter," said Nick Marshall, ABI principal analyst, networks.
"ABI Research expects these trends to continue throughout 2013 with strong LTE growth followed by double-digit growth for WCDMA, against a background of a declining overall market as legacy technologies phase out," he said.
GSA confirms LTE is mainstream, 145 networks in commercial service
January 11, 2013
GSA – the Global mobile Suppliers Association, confirms that 145 operators have launched commercial services in 66 countries.
97 networks were commercially launched during 2012. According to the report, LTE-enabled mobile broadband services are available in 37 more countries than 12 months ago.
The status of the global LTE market is contained in the updated Evolution to LTE report which GSA published this week.
104 new operators committed over the past year to investing in LTE network deployments, raising the total number of committed operators to 330 in 104 countries.
GSA forecasts that 234 LTE networks will be commercially launched in 83 countries by the end of 2013.
Summary of commercial LTE network launches annually:
2009 = 2
2010 = 15 (year-end cumulative total = 17)
2011 = 30 (year-end cumulative total = 47)
2012 = 97 (year-end cumulative total = 144)
2013 (January 1) = 1 (cumulative total to date = 145)
End 2013 outlook = 234 commercial LTE networks in 83 countries (GSA forecast)
The number of LTE subscriptions increased almost 10-fold in the year to September 2012, reaching 44 million.
Alan Hadden, President of the GSA, said: "With 145 LTE networks commercially launched and over 560 user devices announced in the market supporting millions of customers worldwide, LTE technology is mainstream and firmly established as the fastest developing mobile system technology ever."
The majority of network deployments use the FDD mode of the LTE standard, operating in paired spectrum. 1800 MHz (3GPP band 3) has emerged as the dominant band for LTE network deployments in virtually all regions of the world. The report confirms that 58 operators i.e. 40% of all commercial LTE operators, use 1800 MHz spectrum either as a single band system, or as part of a multi-band deployment, in 39 countries. At least another 22 LTE1800 network deployments are in progress in the Asia Pacific region, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. Manufacturers including all the leading brands have ensured a wide choice of LTE user devices which can operate in 1800 MHz spectrum. GSA earlier confirmed that 130 LTE products, almost 1 in 4, support LTE1800. Many additional operators are engaged in trials or studies, therefore
1800 MHz is likely to remain the prime band for LTE, and a key enabler for international roaming, in the foreseeable future.
The second most popular band in which LTE systems are deployed is 2.6 GHz (band 7).
The TDD mode of the LTE standard has also gained strong traction and interest across the world. A total of 13 operators have launched commercial services using LTE TDD, which is the optimal solution for use in unpaired spectrum. The FDD and TDD modes are fully complementary. LTE TDD shares most of the FDD design and standards and uses a common core network, and industry commitment is strong. Some operators have commercially launched LTE service using both FDD and TDD modes. Six TDD systems are deployed in band 38 (2.6 GHz), five systems are in band 40 (2.3 GHz) and there is one deployment each in band 41 (2.5 GHz) and bands 42/43 (3.5 GHz). Bands 38 and 40 have the largest ecosystems for LTE TDD user devices.
The next-generation wireless broadband technology Long Term Evolution (or LTE), might not be available to the utility world just yet, but that isn’t stopping a handful of vendors touting LTE smart grid solutions at DistribuTECH next week, including Alcatel Lucent and Tantalus.
The next-generation wireless broadband technology Long Term Evolution (or LTE), might not be available to the utility world just yet, but that isn’t stopping a handful of vendors touting smart grid network technologies based on LTE. At the smart grid conference DistribuTECH in San Diego next week Alcatel Lucent and Tantalus plan to show off what they’re calling the first public demonstration of LTE smart grid applications.
Basically they’ll be showing off devices like meter collectors and video cameras that will be connected over an LTE network on wheels provided by Alcatel Lucent. Some of the connected smart grid gear will be linked from the show back to Tantalus’ offices remotely. The partners say that an LTE network will be able to provide utilities with a single, high quality, secure network that can prioritize the most important traffic, and will enable utilities to share the cost of gear and spectrum for the network.
This isn’t the first time that Alcatel Lucent, which sells LTE networking gear, has been singing the praises of LTE for the smart grid. Mark Madden, Vice President of Energy Markets for Americas, told me in an interview in October, that he thinks LTE is a better fit for smart grid networks than WiMAX networks, because of some technical features, like that LTE can prioritize certain traffic, and can also work with both mobile and fixed networks. Eventually we think utilities will turn to LTE for the smart grid, “it’s a perfect fit actually,” says Madden.
Other smart grid vendors are turning to LTE, too. Software startup Grid Net told me in December that its software now supports LTE. The phone companies, which are building out the LTE networks, have increasingly offered up their networks to provide machine to machine services (M2M) like connecting smart grid devices. Smart grid accounts are pretty easy to provide service for, compared to cellular consumers, which require significant customer support.
While cellular networks have more commonly provided so-called backhaul for utilities’ smart grid networks (connecting a collection point on the grid back to the utility back office), cellular networks are also starting to be used to connect smart meters directly to utilities as well.
But before LTE becomes available to utilities, they’re turning to WiMAX because of one reason: availability. Madden told me that Alcatel-Lucent is working with utilities like Oklahoma Gas & Electric and Pennsylvania Power & Light on WiMAX-based smart grid networks, though Alcatel-Lucent doesn’t actually make all of the WiMAX smart grid gear for these networks, but works as a network provider and integrator.