Mobile broadband modems used in mobile devices and computing outside of smartphones continued to decline over 1H 2014, according to the latest study from ABI Research.The market intelligence firm anticipates a 27% drop in unit shipments from full-year 2013 to 2014 to 53 million. Forecasted to be valued at US$3.5 billion in end-user revenues from the sale of modem hardware, vendor ecosystem consolidation continues with some modem makers shifting focus to M2M modules, while other suppliers have been acquired or divested their R&D effort entirely.
“Earlier last year, we predicted the decline based on an evolving market for both business and consumer adoption of computing solutions,” says Senior Practice Director Jeff Orr.“Increased form-factor choices from tablets to 2-in-1 ultraportable PCs have pushed mobile broadband modems further down the list of must-have features.Mobile device data sharing plans are helping bring awareness to Mobile Hotspot Routers, though these offers still remain rare on a global scale.”
Highlights from 1H 2014 and full-year predictions by modem form-factor include:
The majority of mobile broadband modem shipments support either the HSPA or HSPA+ air interface protocols with nearly 36% of 2014 shipments expected for each protocol.Modems supporting 4G technologies (LTE and WiMAX) are forecast to be included on only 9% of worldwide shipments according to data from the leading modem OEMs.“LTE continues to be a driver for smartphones, though its impact has not been felt in other device form-factors,” concludes Orr.
These Mobile Broadband PC Modems & Routers Market Data findings are part of ABI Research’s Mobile Broadband Routers and Modems Market Research.
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