Japan mobile infrastructure market jumps 78% in 2012
Wednesday 17 April 2013
Japan’s total mobile infrastructure (2G, 3G, 4G) market surged 78 percent in 2012, to USD 3.9 billion, mainly boosted by a strong LTE push fueled by NTT DOCOMO, KDDI, and SoftBank Mobile, according to Infonetics Research. 3G declined 11 percent in Japan in 2012.
The report also shows that 100 percent of Japan’s mobile subscribers are using 3G networks. Nokia Siemens Networks is #1 in LTE infrastructure revenue market share in Japan, followed by NEC and Ericsson. The Japanese mobile infrastructure market is expected to stay positive this year, plateau in 2014, and eventually decline by 2017 as LTE deployments wind down.
The report further indicates that mobile infrastructure (2G, 3G, 4G) market in China fell 4 percnet year-over-year in 2012, dragged down by GSM, W-CDMA, and CDMA2000. China Mobile’s rollout of 20,000 TD-LTE eNodeBs during the fourth quarter of 2012 prevented the whole market from falling farther.
China currently has the world’s largest mobile subscriber base, with a total of 1.1 billion subscribers. LTE in China is expected to grow at a 38 percent CAGR between 2012 and 2017
Remember though, Mr. Elop guided that NSN activity had peaked in Japan during the Q4, and that Japan was the largest factor in NSN Asia-Pacific geography. Also a main factor as to guiding NSN at 3% instead of 14% in the Q4. NSN did get a Q1 contract in Japan though, amount was not disclosed.