4G Wholesale Market

The 4G wholesale market will be a vital part of how the mobile wireless industry continues to evolve. 4G wholesale operators include wholesale-focused service providers with 4G (WiMAX, LTE) networks, for which most or all of their business is wholesale, as well as the large, established, incumbent mobile operators who will start to focus more on wholesale business with their new 4G networks. Clearwire in the United States and UQ Communications in Japan were the first 4G wholesale operators in the world. LightSquared has captured a lot of attention, and many more are in the process of becoming commercial in Japan, Mexico, The Netherlands, Poland, Russia, and the United States. This report looks at all the drivers, barriers, and opportunities in this market, includes a SWOT analysis of the 4G wholesale-focused mobile operators that are or will soon be commercial, details the MVNOs of 4G wholesale-focused operators, and sizes the market for 4G wholesale subscribers and revenue by various segmentations. Segmentation of forecasts include regional and key country segmentation, device segmentation, and 4G air interface segmentation, among others.

Table of Contents

  • Top Line Forecast
  • Drivers
  • Inhibitors
  • Market Share
  • Summary and Strategic Recommendations
  • 1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • 1.1. The 4G Wholesale Services Market
    • 1.2. Drivers of this Market
    • 1.3. The Size of the 4G Wholesale Services Market
  • 2. MARKET ISSUES
    • 2.1. Background Definitions
    • 2.2. Background Definition of 4G
    • 2.3. Background Definition of a "4G Wholesale Operator"
    • 2.4. Why 4G Wholesale Operators Are Emerging Now
    • 2.5. Drivers
    • 2.6. Barriers
    • 2.7. Opportunities
    • 2.8. Threats
    • 2.9. The Importance of Supporting Multiple Devices with New Data Plans
    • 2.10. Shift from One to Many Devices per Person
    • 2.11. Change in Business Models
    • 2.12. Clearwire versus LightSquared
    • 2.13. Funding
    • 2.14. Network Status
    • 2.15. Other Differences
  • 3. 4G WHOLESALE OPERATORS TYPES
    • 3.1. Pure Wholesale Mobile Operators
    • 3.2. Pros
    • 3.3. Cons
    • 3.4. Wholesale-Focused Mobile Operators
    • 3.5. Pros
    • 3.6. Cons
    • 3.7. Traditional Service Providers
    • 3.8. Pros
    • 3.9. Cons
    • 3.10. Network Equipment Vendors as Wholesale Providers
    • 3.11. Pros
    • 3.12. Cons
    • 3.13. Indoor DAS / Picocell / Femtocell Vendors as Wholesale Providers
    • 3.14. Pros
    • 3.15. Cons
    • 3.16. Retail Chains as MVNOs
    • 3.17. Pros
    • 3.18. Cons
    • 3.19. Device Vendors as MVNOs
    • 3.20. Pros
    • 3.21. Cons
  • 4. KEY WHOLESALE-FOCUSED OPERATORS
    • 4.1. Wholesale-focused 4G Mobile Operators
    • 4.2. Callmax B.V.
    • 4.3. Clearwire (United States)
    • 4.4. LightSquared (United States)
    • 4.5. Mobyland (Poland)
    • 4.6. MVS Communicaciones (Mexico)
    • 4.7. UQ Communications (Japan)
    • 4.8. Yota (Russia)
    • 4.9. Key MVNOs on 4G Networks
  • 5. MARKET FORECASTS
    • 5.1. Methodology
    • 5.2. Forecasts
  • 6. COMPANY DIRECTORY
  • 7. ACRONYMS
  • 8. LINKS TO RELATED RESEARCH
    • 8.1. Sources and Methodology
    • 8.2. Notes

Tables

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  1. 4G Wholesale Operators, World Market, 2Q11
  2. Clearwire MVNOs, World Market, 2Q11
  3. Clearwire Quarterly Subscribers by Retail/Wholesale, Clearwire, 1Q09 to 1Q11
  4. Clearwire Wholesale Subscribers by MVNO, Clearwire, 4Q10 to 1Q11
  5. Clearwire Funding by Company, Clearwire, 4Q10
  6. LightSquared MVNOs, World Market, 2Q11
  7. UQ Communications MVNOs, World Market, 2Q11
  8. UQC Quarterly Subscribers by Retail/Wholesale, UQ Communications, 1Q09 to 1Q11
  9. 4G MVNOs, World Market, 2Q11
  10. 4G Wholesale Subscribers, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  11. 4G Wholesale Subscribers by Region, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  12. 4G Wholesale Subscribers by 4G Air Interface, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  13. 4G Wholesale Subscribers by Device Category, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  14. 4G Wholesale ARPU, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  15. 4G Wholesale Revenue, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  16. 4G Wholesale Revenue by Region, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  17. 4G Wholesale Revenue by 4G Air Interface, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  18. 4G Wholesale Revenue by Device Category, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2016

Charts

  1. 4G Wholesale Subscribers by Region, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  2. Clearwire Wholesale Subscribers by MVNO, Clearwire, 4Q10 to 1Q11
  3. Clearwire Quarterly Subscribers by Retail/Wholesale, Clearwire, 1Q09 to 1Q11
  4. Clearwire Wholesale Subscribers by MVNO, Clearwire, 4Q10 to 1Q11
  5. Clearwire Funding by Comapany, Clearwire, 4Q10
  6. UQC Quarterly Subscribers by Retail/Wholesale, UQ Communications, 1Q09 to 1Q11
  7. 4G Wholesale Subscribers, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  8. 4G Wholesale Subscribers by Region, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  9. 4G Wholesale Subscribers by 4G Air Interface, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  10. 4G Wholesale Subscribers by Device Category, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  11. 4G Wholesale ARPU, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  12. 4G Wholesale Revenue, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  13. 4G Wholesale Revenue by Region, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  14. 4G Wholesale Revenue by 4G Air Interface, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  15. 4G Wholesale Revenue by Device Category, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  16. Clearwire Quarterly Subscribers by Retail/Wholesale
  17. Clearwire Wholesale Subscribers by MVNO
  18. Clearwire Funding by Comapany
  19. UQC Quarterly Subscribers by Retail/Wholesale
  20. 4G Wholesale Subscribers
  21. 4G Wholesale Subscribers by Region
  22. 4G Wholesale Subscribers by 4G Air Interface
  23. 4G Wholesale Subscribers by Device Category
  24. 4G Wholesale ARPU
  25. 4G Wholesale Revenue
  26. 4G Wholesale Revenue by Region
  27. 4G Wholesale Revenue by 4G Air Interface
  28. 4G Wholesale Revenue by Device Category

Figures

  1. GNSS and 1.6 GHz Spectrum Usage