4G Smartphones

4G capable mobile devices are beginning to emerge as the next major platform opportunity for mobile operators, device OEMs, IC vendors, network equipment vendors, and content companies to deliver premium services and products. Despite the growing number of 4G capable device segments, the smartphone will remain the largest and most important device segment for incumbents and new entrants to address. The projected shipment volumes of 4G smartphones far surpass all other device opportunities and will greatly affect the design choices and technology paths of products and services looking to cash in on the 4G opportunity. This report highlights key drivers and barriers faced by market participants in the emerging 4G (LTE & WiMAX) smartphone markets. Handset OEMs, spectrum allocation considerations, and their effect on the design of 4G chipsets are highlighted and discussed. Regional and country level forecasts demonstrate the potential market value for 4G smartphones and 4G IC vendors.

Table of Contents

  • Top Line Forecast
  • Drivers
  • Inhibitors
  • Market Share
  • Summary and Strategic Recommendations
  • 1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • 1.1. Key Market Drivers
    • 1.2. Key Market Barriers
    • 1.3. Operator Recommendations
    • 1.4. Smartphone OEM Recommendations
    • 1.5. 4G IC Vendor Recommendations
    • 1.6. 4G Smartphone Market Forecast Summary
  • 2. MARKET DRIVERS AND BARRIERS
    • 2.1. Market Drivers for 4G Smartphones
    • 2.2. Mobile Operator Evolving Business Models
    • 2.3. 4G Smartphones as Mobile Hotspots
    • 2.4. Improving and Enabling Legacy 3G Applications
    • 2.5. Smartphone Application Ecosystems and 4G Service Development
    • 2.6. Mobile Data Capacity Crunch
    • 2.7. Handset Subsidization
    • 2.8. Market Barriers for 4G Smartphones
    • 2.9. Limited Deployments
    • 2.10. Lack of Roaming Agreements
    • 2.11. 4G IP Uncertainty
    • 2.12. LTE Spectrum Band Fragmentation
    • 2.13. Tiered Data Plans
    • 2.14. Outdated Billing/OSS
    • 2.15. Consumer Understanding of 4G - "Faux G"
    • 2.16. Strategic Recommendations - Operators
    • 2.17. Strategic Recommendations - Smartphone OEMs
    • 2.18. Strategic Recommendations - IC Vendors
  • 3. MARKET CONSIDERATIONS
    • 3.1. 4G Wholesale and MVNO Markets
    • 3.2. WiMAX Chipset Integration
    • 3.3. LTE Chipset Integration
    • 3.4. Frequency Bands and Antenna Design Constraints
    • 3.5. WiMAX to TD-LTE Migration
  • 4. SPECTRUM CONSIDERATIONS
    • 4.1. What is 4G?
    • 4.2. LTE
    • 4.3. Regional LTE Subscriptions
    • 4.4. Regional TD-LTE Subscriptions
    • 4.5. WiMAX Spectrum Availability
    • 4.6. Regional WiMAX Subscriptions
  • 5. KEY INDUSTRY PLAYERS
    • 5.1. Beceem Communications (acquired by Broadcom)
    • 5.2. GCT Semiconductor Inc
    • 5.3. LG Electronics
    • 5.4. Marvell Semiconductors Inc
    • 5.5. MediaTek Inc
    • 5.6. Qualcomm Inc
    • 5.7. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd
    • 5.8. Sequans Communications
    • 5.9. ST-Ericsson
  • 6. MARKET FORECASTS
    • 6.1. Smartphone Definition
    • 6.2. WWAN/Wi-Fi Routers (i.e., Mobile Hotspot Routers)
    • 6.3. Notes on Methodology
    • 6.4. Smartphone Forecasts
    • 6.5. 4G Smartphone IC Forecasts
    • 6.6. Smartphone OEMs
  • 7. COMPANY DIRECTORY
  • 8. ACRONYMS
    • 8.1. Scope of Study
    • 8.2. Sources and Methodology
    • 8.3. Notes

Tables

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  1. 4G Wholesale Subscriptions by Device Segment, World Markets, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  2. WiMAX Chipset ASP, World Markets, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  3. WiMAX Device Shipments by Segment, World Markets, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  4. LTE Chipset ASP, World Markets, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  5. LTE Device Shipments by Segment, World Markets, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  6. LTE Antenna Spacing Requirements by Frequency, World Market, 2011
  7. LTE Key Frequency Bands, World Market, 2011
  8. WiMAX Key Frequency Bands, World Market, 2011
  9. Regional LTE Subscriptions, World Markets, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  10. Regional TD-LTE Subscriptions, World Markets, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  11. Regional WiMAX Subscriptions, World Markets, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  12. Smartphone Shipments by Region, World Markets, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  13. Smartphone Wholesale ASP by Region, World Markets, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  14. Smartphone Revenues by Region, World Markets, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  15. 4G Smartphone Shipments by Air Interface, World Markets, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  16. 4G Smartphone ASP by Air Interface, World Markets, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  17. 4G Smartphone Revenues by Air Interface, World Markets, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  18. 4G Smartphone Shipments by Air Interface, West Europe, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  19. 4G Smartphone Shipments by Air Interface, East Europe, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  20. 4G Smartphone Shipments by Air Interface, Asia-Pacific, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  21. 4G Smartphone Shipments by Air Interface, North America, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  22. 4G Smartphone Shipments by Air Interface, Latin America, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  23. 4G Smartphone Shipments by Air Interface, Middle East, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  24. 4G Smartphone Shipments by Air Interface, Africa, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  25. LTE Smartphone Chipset Shipments by Mode, World Markets, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  26. WiMAX Smartphone Chipset Shipments by Mode, World Markets, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  27. LTE Smartphone Chipset Revenues, World Markets, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  28. WiMAX Smartphone Chipset Revenues, World Markets, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  29. 4G Smartphone IC Shipments by 4G Band Count, World Markets, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  30. 4G Smartphone Device Specifications, World Market, 2011
  31. 4G Smartphone IC Specifications, World Market, 2011
  32. 4G Smartphone Shipments by Air Interface, Japan, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  33. 4G Smartphone Shipments by Air Interface, China, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  34. 4G Smartphone Shipments by Air Interface, India, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  35. 4G Smartphone Shipments by Air Interface, South Korea, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  36. 4G Smartphone Shipments by Air Interface, Australia, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  37. 4G Smartphone Shipments by Air Interface, UK, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  38. 4G Smartphone Shipments by Air Interface, Germany, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  39. 4G Smartphone Shipments by Air Interface, Italy, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  40. 4G Smartphone Shipments by Air Interface, France, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  41. 4G Smartphone Shipments by Air Interface, Spain, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  42. 4G Smartphone Shipments by Air Interface, Canada, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  43. 4G Smartphone Shipments by Air Interface, United States, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  44. 4G Smartphone Shipments by Air Interface, Mexico, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  45. 4G Smartphone Shipments by Air Interface, South Africa, Forecast: 2010 to 2016

Charts

  1. 4G Penetration of Smartphone Shipments, World Markets, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  2. 4G Smartphone Shipment Forecast by Technology
  3. Regional LTE Subscriptions
  4. Regional WiMAX Subscriptions
  5. Regional TD-LTE Subscriptions
  6. WiMAX Device Shipments by Segment
  7. LTE Device Shipments by Segment
  8. 4G Smartphone Shipments by Air Interface
  9. 4G Penetration of Smartphone Shipments

Figures

  1. LTE Antenna Design Constraints