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Infonetics: Evolved Packet Core Market More Than Doubles in 1Q14, Offsetting 2G/3G Skid

June 17, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at China Weekly News -- Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its 1st quarter 2014 (1Q14) 2G, 3G, LTE Mobile Infrastructure and Subscribers report, which tracks 2G, 3G, and LTE network equipment, software, and subscribers. ANALYST NOTE "In the first quarter of 2014, LTE almost fully offset the abyssal decline of 2G and 3G and was characterized by an interesting dynamic: the tremendous growth of the evolved packet core (EPC) and E-UTRAN," reports Stephane Teral, principal analyst for mobile infrastructure and carrier economics at Infonetics Research. "E-UTRAN was driven by the ongoing second wave of fresh LTE rollouts, and EPC was fueled by first-wave LTE adopters' core capacity upgrades." MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE MARKET HIGHLIGHTS The global macrocell 2G/3G/4G mobile infrastructure market totaled $10.7 billion in 1Q14, down 2% sequentially, but up 11% from 1Q13, driven by strong LTE rollouts in China, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America

In 1Q14, EPC grew 77% quarter-over-quarter and 129% year-over-year, while E-UTRAN rose 25% sequentially and 81% from a year ago

The top 5 vendors in the 2G/3G/4G mobile infrastructure space are, in alphabetical order, Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia, and ZTE The Chinese vendors got a serious boost from their home market where China Mobile and China Telecom are undergoing massive LTE rollouts

Infonetics forecasts the global LTE equipment market to grow at a 1% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2013 to 2018, when it will total $14 billion

Global 2G/3G/4G software revenue is expected to grow at a 5-year (2013-2018) CAGR of 8.7% WEBINAR: DAS, SMALL CELLS, AND WIFI Join analyst Stephane TeralJune 5 at noon EDT for How to Get the Best Out of DAS, Small Cells, and WiFi, which analyzes the future of distributed antenna systems (DAS) and their relationship to small cells, remote radio heads (RRHs), and WiFi. Attend live or access the replay: MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE REPORT SYNOPSIS Infonetics' quarterly 2G, 3G, LTE mobile infrastructure report provides worldwide and regional market size, vendor market share, forecasts through 2018, deployment trackers, analysis, and trends for macrocell mobile network equipment, software, and subscribers. The report tracks more than 50 subsegments of the market, including radio access networks (RANs), base transceiver stations (BTSs), mobile softswitching, packet core equipment, and E-UTRAN macrocells. Vendors tracked: Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Datang Mobile, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Genband, HP, Huawei, NEC, Nokia, Samsung, ZTE, and others. To buy the report, contact Infonetics: RELATED REPORT EXCERPTS EDGE and HSPA/HSPA+ holding steady in face of LTE blitz - new Infonetics IP RAN study China's huge LTE rollouts and EU network upgrades push carrier capex to $354B this year China Mobile increases capital intensity 6% year-over-year DAS market growth in N. America and Brazil offsets China slowdown Small cell market on track to increase 65% this year Is Brazil mobile-ready for FIFA World Cup? Infonetics report says no RECENT AND UPCOMING RESEARCH Download Infonetics' 2014 market research brochure, publication calendar, events brochure, report highlights, tables of contents, and more at Analyst Note: When SON Met Small Cells (May) 3G & LTE Mobile Broadband Devices & Subscribers Forecast (June) 2G, 3G, LTE Mobile Services & Subscribers Forecast (June) Global Telecom & Datacom Market Trends & Drivers (June) LTE Strategies & Vendor Leadership: Global Service Provider Survey (July) INFONETICS WEBINARS Visit to register for upcoming webinars, view recent webinars on demand, or learn about sponsoring a webinar. How to Get the Best Out of DAS, Small Cells, and WiFi (June 5: Attend)

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Source: China Weekly News

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