Cellular Module Vendor Evolving Strategies as Market Transitions to 4G and LPWA

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By Dan Shey | 2Q 2018 | IN-5166




ABI Research has been tracking the cellular module market since 2003 and publishing both module forecasts and module vendor results since 2005. Every year in late spring, after all module vendors have reported, ABI Research publishes previous year actuals for module shipments, forecasts for the coming year, and module vendor shipment and revenue results. The following insight provides a sneak peek at the soon-to-be-published results of module vendor activity and forecasts.

2G Rules but 4G to Rule by 2020


The module vendor reports to ABI Research regarding their 2017 shipments by air interface indicate that 2G once again dominated shipments at over 50% share. This is only a minor decrease from 2016 where 2G shipments were 53% of total worldwide shipments. Major segments continuing to use 2G include metering, remote monitoring and control applications, and aftermarket telematics. Within the asset tracking segment, it is bike sharing that gave 2G an unexpected boost, with nearly all of it coming f…

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