Mobile Hotspot Routers

A fundamental shift in mobile data communications is about to begin. Mobile network operators have made headlines due to poor performance and declining user experience as millions of new devices look to connect to the Internet anytime and anywhere. The carriers simply can’t scale network capacity fast enough to meet the demand. Instead of tackling mobile data shortcomings by throwing more network infrastructure capacity at the problem, network operators are looking to an intermediary communications device called mobile hotspot routers to alleviate these challenges. The router enables the typical user to connect multiple Wi-Fi devices to the carrier’s mobile network over a single mobile broadband subscription. This solution relieves some of the network congestion bottleneck and at the same time allows more devices to become Internet-connected. This report examines the market for mobile hotspot routers that provide high data rate or broadband WWAN connectivity to Wi-Fi-enabled computing, communications, and consumer electronics devices. A market description and key technology dynamics are provided, as well as the competitive landscape and profiles of selected ecosystem participants. Market forecasts have been developed for inclusion by purchasing entity, geographic region, technology standard, and air interface protocol.

  • Top Line Forecast
  • 1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • 1.1. Market Drivers
    • 1.2. Market Inhibitors
    • 1.3. Summary and Strategic Recommendations
    • 1.4. Key Forecast
  • 2. MARKET ISSUES
    • 2.1. Multi-device Users Driving Need for Shared Access
    • 2.2. Benefits to the Mobile Network Operator
    • 2.3. Provisioning for Multi-device Users
    • 2.4. Mobile Data Traffic Concerns Not as Bad as Expected
    • 2.5. Network Performance Is Directly Attributed to the Mobile Hotspot Router
    • 2.6. Decreased Sales Channel Conflict and Increased Potential Cost-savings
    • 2.7. Benefits to the End-user (Consumer)
    • 2.8. Consumer Benefits for the Mobile Hotspot Router
    • 2.9. Benefits to the End-user (Business)
    • 2.10. Business User Benefits for the Mobile Hotspot Router
    • 2.11. Market Segmentation
  • 3. TECHNOLOGY ISSUES
    • 3.1. USB Modem Differentiation
    • 3.2. Differentiation from Embedded Modem Modules
    • 3.3. Wi-Fi Access Point Mode on Some Smartphones and Laptop PCs
    • 3.4. Characteristics of a Mobile Hotspot Router
    • 3.5. Battery-powered
    • 3.6. Small Form-factor
    • 3.7. Support for Multiple Wi-Fi Devices and Modes
    • 3.8. Secure
  • 4. KEY INDUSTRY PLAYERS
    • 4.1. Vendor Market Share - 2010
    • 4.2. Franklin Wireless
    • 4.3. Huawei
    • 4.4. Novatel Wireless
    • 4.5. Samsung Electronics
    • 4.6. Sierra Wireless
    • 4.7. ZTE Corporation
  • 5. MARKET FORECASTS
    • 5.1. Methodology
    • 5.2. General Methodology
    • 5.3. Regional Definitions
    • 5.4. Asia-Pacific
    • 5.5. North America
    • 5.6. Latin America
    • 5.7. Western Europe
    • 5.8. Eastern Europe
    • 5.9. Middle East and Africa
    • 5.10. Assumptions
    • 5.11. Mobile Hotspot Router Forecast Scenarios
    • 5.12. Annual Unit Shipment Volumes by Geographic Region
    • 5.13. Mobile Hotspot Router Shipments by Country, North America
    • 5.14. Mobile Hotspot Router Distribution by Purchasing Entity
    • 5.15. Mobile Hotspot Router Shipment Distribution by Air Interface Technology Standard
    • 5.16. Mobile Hotspot Router Shipment Distribution by Air Interface Protocol
    • 5.17. End-user Revenue Value from Hardware Shipments
    • 5.18. End-user Average Selling Price
    • 5.19. End-user Average Selling Price by Air Interface Protocol
    • 5.20. Total Hotspot Router Market (Embedded + Modemless)
  • 6. COMPANY DIRECTORY
  • 7. ACRONYMS
    • 7.1. Scope of Study
    • 7.2. Sources and Methodology
    • 7.3. Notes

Charts

  1. Mobile Hotspot Routers: Shipments & Revenue Value
  2. Mobile Hotspot Router Vendor Market Share, 2010
  3. Mobile Hotspot Router Shipments and End-User Revenue Value
  4. Mobile Hotspot Router Market Share
  5. Mobile Hotspot Router Forecast Scenarios
  6. Mobile Hotspot Router Shipment Distribution by Air Interface
  7. Mobile Hotspot Router ASP, End-User Basis
  8. Mobile Hotspot Router Segmentation by Purchasing Entity

Figures

  1. Evolution of Internet-enabled Mobile Device Adoption
  2. Franklin Wireless R526 Hotspot
  3. Huawei E5 Mobile Wi-Fi Platform
  4. Novatel MiFi 4510 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot
  5. Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot
  6. Sierra Wireless AirCard 754S Mobile Hotspot for AT&T
  7. ZTE MF60 Mobile Hotspot
  8. Regional Map of the World
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Research Information

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Publish Date
4Q 2011
Code
RR-MHR-11
Research Type
Research Report Report
Pages
36