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Worldwide Cellular Infrastructure 2013-2017 Forecast: After Downturn in 2012, Wireless Infrastructure Poised for Modest Increase in 2013-2014

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This IDC study examines the cellular equipment market as defined by technologies such as GSM, UMTS (including HSPA variants), LTE, and CDMA. It presents a five-year forecast for cellular infrastructure spending by network operators and service providers worldwide for cellular radio, core, and wireless backhaul. It also studies the performance of equipment vendors and evaluates the key deployment trends driving operator spending.

"After a year of declining wireless investment, operators are poised to return to a modest increase in spending in 2013 and 2014. The good news is that mobile data revenue continues to grow in all markets; however, this requires operators to continue to invest in ensuring sufficient capacity. This will drive a near-term increase in equipment spending; however, during the later years of our forecast period, we believe spending in equipment will begin to decline as operators' capacity-driven requirements begin to move into operating expense," says John Byrne, research director for IDC's Wireless Network Infrastructure practice.

Table of Contents


IDC Opinion


In This Study


  • Methodology

Situation Overview

  • Improving Speeds on HSPA Networks Enabling Operators to Extend Life of "3G" Investments

  • LTE Commitments Continue to Grow and Expand

  • Small Cells Impacting Nature of Infrastructure Equipment Spending

Future Outlook

  • Forecast and Assumptions

    • Assumptions

  • Market Context

Essential Guidance

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  • Related Research

  • Methodology

    • Historical Market Values and Exchange Rates

  • Synopsis

Table: Worldwide Cellular Infrastructure Revenue by Technology, 2007-2017 ($B)

Table: Worldwide Cellular Infrastructure Revenue by Geography, 2007-2017 ($B)


Table: Top 3 Assumptions for the Worldwide Cellular Infrastructure Market, 2013-2017


Table: Key Forecast Assumptions for the Worldwide Cellular Infrastructure Market, 2013-2017


Table: Worldwide Cellular Infrastructure Revenue, 2007-2017: Comparison of December 2012 and May 2013 Forecasts ($B)


Table: Exchange Rates, 2003-2012 (%)


Figure: Worldwide HSPA Network Share by Available Peak Speeds


Figure: Worldwide LTE Network Commitments by Region, 2012 Versus 2013


Figure: Worldwide LTE Network Commitments by Region, 2009-2014


Figure: U.S. LTE Commitments by Vendor, 2010-2017


Figure: Worldwide Cellular Infrastructure Revenue by Technology, 2007-2017


Figure: Worldwide Cellular Infrastructure Revenue by Geography, 2007-2017


Figure: Worldwide Cellular Infrastructure Revenue, 2007-2017: Comparison of December 2012 and May 2013 Forecasts


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