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Mobile Network Infrastructure delivers end-to-end coverage of the infrastructure with a strong emphasis on access networks and enabling technologies, as well as the data traffic flowing across these networks. Our coverage includes radio access topologies from antennas, base stations, and access points to supporting front-haul, back-haul technologies. We pay special focus to innovative technology deployments for indoor and outdoor networks operating under both licensed and unlicensed spectrums, including MIMO, massive MIMO and beamforming, distributed antenna systems, carrier aggregation, new waveforms, and new modulation schemes.


RF Power Semiconductor Devices for Mobile Wireless Infrastructure

1Q 2017 | MD-AMPD-16 | Updated Annually

RF power amplifiers (RFPA) are integral parts of all basestations for cellular and mobile wireless infrastructure. They represent one of the most expensive component sub-assemblies in modern wireless infrastructure equipment, and both their performance and cost are important drivers in basestation design. Efficiency, physical size, linearity, and reliability are among the principal concerns. As price pressures become fiercer, new and innovative techniques and materials must be used to reduce the cost of this important component part while still maintaining performance.

The RF power semiconductors used in these power amplifiers are the linchpin for their cost and capability, and they must ...


Mobile Operator CAPEX

1Q 2017 | MD-CAP-125 | Updated Annually

The quarterly update for the Mobile CAPEX Database provides a comprehensive look at quarterly CAPEX spending from carriers in both local and normalized US$ values. This product provides CAPEX values on a quarter-by-quarter basis for 99 different carrier operating companies across all major global regions. The quarterly historical forecasts are complemented by forecasts for yearly regional capital expenditure.


Mobile Data Traffic & Usage

4Q 2016 | MD-MTMT-129 | Updated Semiannually

The Mobile Data Traffic & Usage market data forecasts end-user level mobile data usage habits of mobile cellular customers on global, regional, and selected country levels. Traffic is segmented by traffic type, by device type, and by wireless protocol. Forecasts are extended through 2026 and includes 2G through 5G. Values are based on End-of-Year values and annualized at that rate for a 12-month window. 


Macro Basestations

4Q 2016 | MD-MBSE-166 | Updated Semiannually

This database includes a range of wireless macro base station data and forecasts including installed base, shipments, and revenue broken down by region and technology. 


Mobile Carrier Revenue and Profit

4Q 2016 | MD-MOPB-129 | Updated Annually

This Market Data product provides a robust and intensive source of financial and operational benchmarks not just for the markets as a whole, but also for the wireless carriers that operate in them. Benchmarks include capital expenditure, service revenue, and profit margins.

The Market Data serves to highlight the important trends for all regions and the 20 key markets in the world, presenting the latest quarterly results and a 5-year annual forecast. Quarter-on-Quarter and Year-on-Year comparisons are available, as well as conveniently formatted charts and tables in one-easy-to-use MS Excel file.


Wireless Spectrum, Services, and Technology Deployment Tracker

4Q 2016 | MD-DBOP-124 | Updated Annually

This Market Data product aims to provide a comprehensive source of information about mobile network providers, their operating spectra, and network technologies globally. The database covers 7 geographical regions and includes a comprehensive list of all operational wireless networks along with their operating frequency bands and wireless technologies. Also included is a summary of the major network supplier contracts awarded, by geography and network.


High-Power RF Power Semiconductors for Pulsed Applications

4Q 2016 | MD-PRPS-16 | Updated Annually

The high-power pulsed RF semiconductor device market is primarily driven by several specific sub-segments. For the purposes of this report, they are as follows:
  • Avionics
  • Sub-1 GHz Radar
  • L-Band Radar
  • S-Band Radar
The end-customers for these devices are primarily the worldwide air traffic control system both airborne and ground-based, and commercial and military radar systems.
The purpose of this study is to forecast the worldwide market for high-power RF semiconductors for pulsed applications. The avionics, Sub-1 GHz, L-Band, and S-Band radar markets for the above devices are examined. The forecast interval is from 2015 to 2021, and the market ...


Mobile Subscribers

4Q 2016 | MD-SUB-129 | Updated Semiannually

This Market Data report highlights the important subscriber trends for worldwide mobile cellular market by technology. Regional market forecasting is done for each of the seven major geographical regions. In addition to presenting the latest quarterly results, the database provides quarterly and annual forecasts up to 2026. Quarter-on-quarter and year-on-year historical comparisons are available as conveniently formatted charts and tables in an easy-to-use Microsoft Excel file. Historical data is presented for both country level and operator level numbers.



4Q 2016 | MD-5G-108 | Updated Semiannually

This is the current update for ABI Research's expanding view for the 5G market view for Consumer Subscriber Enhanced Mobile Broadband, which is primarily the mmWave rollout. ABI Research examines its historical database for indicators of technology diffusion for 2G, 3G, and 4G to indicate accelerating trends in subscribers, traffic, and revenue.  

Subscriber Uptake
Based on this and a specific assessment of over 60 leading countries, ABI Research forecasts the subscriber uptake through 2026 and aggregates into regional summaries. NA, AP, and WE are leading markets for 5G. 

Traffic Growth
ABI Research also considers the historical data for ...


Outdoor Small Cell Forecast

4Q 2016 | MD-METR-161 | Updated Semiannually

This database forecasts the outdoor small cell market. Outdoor small cells are categorized into less than 1 W, 1 W to 5 W, 5 W to 10 W, and into picocell, femtocell, and microcell. These solutions are typically deployed outdoors on lamp posts, telephone booths, or even rooftops. Outdoor solutions are mostly needed to provide mobile broadband capacity that complements a macrocell. Outdoor small cells are also used as the primary coverage and capacity solution in rural areas that are hard to reach with macrocells.

Outdoor small cells typically have weatherproof-hardened enclosures and additional bit security and backhaul options not ...


Market Data for LPWA and IOT Networks

4Q 2016 | MD-IOTN-102 | Updated Quarterly

This market forecast dataset is a combination of data derived from ABI Research’s  cellular subscriber tracker (MD-SUB-128) and a register of announced LPWA networks, which are either under trail, planned, or in commercial operations. The dataset is presented in two sections. 
The LPWAN tracker contains collected information from public sources on announced, trial, or commercial networks for the main LPWA technologies including Cat-1, Cat-M1, NB-IoT, EC-GSM-IoT, SIGFOX, RPMA, LoRa, and TelensaUNB. The data is presented by region (North America, Asia-Pacific, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America) and lists the operator, country, LPWA technology, network ...


Critical Communications

4Q 2016 | MD-CRCM-16 | Updated Semiannually

The fight against terrorism, first responder communications, industrial and business radio systems, transportation, and public utilities networks are all parts of modern critical communications. September 11, 2001, vividly displayed the need for police and fire department radio network system interoperability and was one of the main drivers of today's trunked radio communications systems.

Public safety radio was the ancestor of critical communications and is still a major component of the latter. Additionally, the present day need for data has also entered into the equation. Once, only analog systems were the mainstay of public safety radio networks, but digital radio equipment ...


In-Building Wireless Forecast

3Q 2016 | MD-INBW-160 | Updated Semiannually

The In-Building Wireless market data package contains market forecasts for active DAS, passive DAS, and repeater systems that are primarily used for in-building cellular coverage. The forecasts are broken down by region, system type, building size, access protocol, and by vertical market segments. The forecasts are segmented by system and provide an overall market size including equipment and labor revenues. 

These forecasts will be published on a six-monthly update cycle.


LTE and 5G Semiconductors

3Q 2016 | MD-LTES-105 | Updated Semiannually

LTE and 5G Semiconductors is updated every six months and reflects on new market developments as they happen. It looks at market opportunities of various LTE mobile baseband categories in line with the migration of subscribers from LTE Classic to LTE-Advanced. Forecasts are split by mobile device type across various LTE technologies, including TDD LTE, FDD LTE, multimode TDD-FDD LTE and across various LTE generations including LTE Classic and LTE-Advanced. It provides historical data and market forecasts for mobile LTE chips targeting mobile phones and tablets by baseband category from Category 3 to Category 16.

LTE and 5G Semiconductors also ...


Carrier Wi-Fi Forecast

3Q 2016 | MD-CWIFI-104 | Updated Semiannually

The report covers the shipments and equipment revenues from the large hotspot networks deployed by operators including mobile, cable, fixed and other types of Wi-Fi service providers. Many of these deployments already have some carrier Wi-Fi characteristics like automatic access and seamless roaming. As the standardization process progresses, these networks, while growing in volume, will drive closer integration into the operators’ network, and in turn demonstrate more defined structure and attributes for carrier Wi-Fi networks.


Enterprise and Consumer Femtocell Forecast

3Q 2016 | MD-ECFE-161

This report focuses primarily on consumer- and enterprise-grade femtocells and excludes outdoor small cells. Our forecast for outdoor small cells is contained in a separate Market Data Report, Outdoor Small Cell Forecast (MD-METR-160).

Indoor small cells are typically deployed in residential or enterprise / business locations. The enterprise femtocell market also includes femtocells deployed at retail outlets, hotels, airports, train stations, etc. that are commercial solutions providing in-building coverage.

The database provides forecasts of consumer and enterprise small cells by type, technology, region, feature, architecture,
support for unlicensed technologies, and user group.


Network Managed Services

2Q 2016 | MD-NMSE-159 | Updated Semiannually

The market data for network managed services primarily looks at the networks component of managed services where a vendor takes full responsibility of the network, including:
  • Plan, Design, Build, and Operate
  • Day-to-day Network Operations and Maintenance
  • Network Optimization and Assurance
  • Spare Parts Management
  • Managed Backhaul
  • Network Capacity Management
  • Field Maintenance
  • End-to-end Network Solutions
  • X-as-a-Service
  • Multi-Year Network Rollout Services
  • BSS/OSS as a Managed Service
The revenues for managed services leaves out one-off network planning and optimization projects that are not treated as part of a multi-year managed services multi-year contract. The Market Data provides market share and market size for ...


Small Cell Backhaul Forecast

4Q 2015 | MD-SMBAC-104

This small cell backhaul forecast model characterizes link penetration in five regions of the world: North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and Middle East and Africa. Unique penetration values are estimated for each year through 2020 for the seven wired and wireless backhaul technologies. In this way we account for regional differences between each technology.

The penetration factor is further subdivided by access technology (2G, 3G, 4G) and by population density (urban, suburban, rural) for each of the five regions.

The link penetration factor is multiplied by the small cell unit forecast from Small Cells (MD-METR-160) to obtain a ...


In-Building Mobile Data Traffic Forecast

4Q 2015 | MD-INBT-16

This dataset forecasts both Wi-Fi and cellular mobile data traffic in indoor locations. The data is presented by 5 regions: North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Rest of World. A worldwide total is also presented. Traffic by region, traffic type, traffic penetration, traffic by access technology, offload share vs. mobile share, penetration by commercial vs. consumer, and traffic by vertical are all available in the data set.

Traffic type forecasts are presented for audio streaming, P2P, video streaming / TV, VoIP, and web / Internet.

For commercial or enterprise traffic the verticals forecast are: offices / corporate campuses, retail / shopping malls, healthcare / hospitals ...


4G Subscribers, Devices, and Networks

4Q 2015 | MD-4G-121 | Updated Quarterly

This Market Data product contains regional as well as selected country-level segmentation for the 4G market, including mobile WiMAX (802.16e and 802.16m) and LTE (LTE and LTE-Advanced).

Segmentation includes subscribers, CPE, external modems, laptops, netbooks, MIDs, mobile CE devices, handsets, and base stations. Five-year forecasts are standard.


Femtocell Ecosystem

3Q 2015 | MD-FEMTEC-117 | Updated Semiannually

The femtocell ecosystem chart maps out the equipment vendors, operators, system vendors and silicon suppliers across the femtocell value chain. The chart provides a snapshot profile and recent femtocell activity for each value chain member, and helps to clarify the relationships between the vendors, operators and suppliers. Operators in North America, Europe and Asia that are actively trialing femtocells or have launched commercial services are listed, providing details of their trials/launches and the vendors and suppliers that are linked to each individual operator.

Equipment manufacturers have their femtocell CPE equipment listed providing details of their preferred gateway vendors, IT ...


Mobile Data Price Tracker

2Q 2015 | MD-PRIC-118 | Updated Semiannually

This market data product provides information on the pricing of mobile data plans in various geographical areas. It examines data plans for use on mobile phones, and through mobile data modems. In addition, a comparison across countries of the cost for downloading 3GB of data is provided to shed light on how different regions are pricing data.


RF Power Amplifier Equipment for Cellular and Wireless Infrastructure

2Q 2015 | MD-AMPE-101 | Updated Annually

RF power amplifiers are integral parts of all basestations for cellular and mobile wireless infrastructure. They represent one of the most expensive component sub-assemblies in modern wireless infrastructure equipment and both their performance and cost are important drivers in basestation design. Efficiency, physical size, linearity, and reliability are among the principal concerns. As price pressures become fiercer, new and innovative techniques and materials must be used to reduce the cost of this important component part while still maintaining performance.

This market data examines all of the above topics and Includes data on how the expanding China and Asia-Pacific marketplace affects ...


RF Power End-use Equipment and Systems for Broadcast Applications: Including FM, AM, Digital Radio, VHF Television, and UHF Television Systems

1Q 2015 | MD-RPBC-101 | Updated Annually

Broadcast equipment was one of the earliest entrants in electronics, dating from the beginning of the 20th century. The modern market includes television, FM, AM, and digital radio transmitters and ancillary equipment. Television transmitters can be further divided into analog and digital modes.

This market data summary looks at the worldwide market for this equipment. It will be of interest to equipment builders, broadcasters, and component manufacturers. 

The forecast period is from 2015 to 2020. In addition, actual data is presented for 2014.


Mobile Infrastructure RAN Market Shares: 1Q 2014

2Q 2014 | MD-MBRANMS-162 | Updated Quarterly

This is a regular quarterly update of vendor mobile wireless infrastructure and RAN revenue for the first quarter of 2014 and a calculation of the resulting market shares for Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia Siemens Networks, Alcatel-Lucent, Samsung, NEC, and ZTE.


Mobile Backhaul

1Q 2014 | MD-MBAC-157 | Updated Semiannually

In this market database ABI Research focused on the last-mile and access layer of mobile backhaul. Forecasts of data consumption, OPEX for leased backhaul, and CAPEX for microwave, cumulative base station shipments, mobile subscribers, as well as wireless traffic and bandwidth demands are broken out, giving a comprehensive look at the access technologies pertaining to backhaul, as well as data traffic expected.

Global backhaul opportunities include two components: equipment revenue and leased backhaul revenue. Backhaul equipment revenue opportunity is presented by the number of new base station deployments and CAPEX for microwave equipment. Lease revenue by region and technology is ...


Gallium Nitride RF Power Devices

3Q 2013 | MD-GAN-106 | Updated Annually

New device technologies are starting to be fully ingrained in the RF high-power semiconductor marketplace. Foremost among these is GaN (Gallium Nitride). While being in a quasi-developmental stage for several years, production is now starting to ramp up and the future looks bright.

Designers of RF high-power amplifiers are always looking for greater efficiency and better high frequency performance. Until recently, silicon based technologies, such as Si LDMOS, held the top spots for under 4 GHz high-power operations. For applications above 4 GHz, GaAs had the bulk of this important semiconductor segment. GaAs; however, has severe power and voltage limitations ...


Tower Top RF Electronics

3Q 2012 | MD-TTRE-153 | Updated Semi-Annually


Mobile Data Traffic Forecasts

2Q 2012 | MD-TRAF-153 | Updated Quarterly




5G Spectrum Explorations Speed Up

2Q 2017 | IN-4533

As the 5G headlights get brighter and brighter, we are starting to see more animated news about 5G trials, technology schemes, and government affirmations of support. Whatever 5G turns out to be, at the very minimum, it will need a lot “spectrum.” A couple of announcements in March (2017) highlight some of the major initiatives that explore novel ways to use spectrum to support next-generation applications, i.e., SoftBank in Japan and the FCC in the U.S.

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In this webinar, we’ll provide our view on the evolution of 5G. Will the many impacted industries work together to operationalize the networks? What will this mean for the ecosystem? We’ll look at applications and use cases for vertical market adjacencies.

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  • Assessment of 5G capabilities related to bandwidth, latency and D2D in terms of vertical applications and use cases
  • Evolutionary nature of cellular technologies and mobile ecosystem support for vertical lifecycle management