This annual report offers a wealth of information on the global mobile broadband sector and is a valuable resource of insights, examples and trends. It provides information on the key statistics, supported by analysis and cases studies. It also includes unique insights into regional developments, written by BuddeComm’s Senior Analysts.
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Researchers:- Kylie Wansink, Paul Budde, Lucia Bibolini, Peter Evans, Paul Kwon, Henry Lancaster, Peter Lange, Stephen McNamara
Current publication date:- April 2013 (17th Edition)
Wireless broadband will be an integral and essential part of any advanced digital infrastructure. The mobile broadband market is also fast becoming a major income revenue stream for the providers, having taken over the mobile voice sector. But increased usage has caused data traffic jams on the 3G networks as the infrastructure was not designed for the rapid increase of traffic over the last couple of years. Anticipation of this growing demand has resulted in LTE becoming the fastest developing mobile technology to date and by the end of 2013 it is expected there will be over 230 LTE networks launched in over 80 countries.
In 2013 the use of WiFi hotspots continues to escalate due to its increasing popularity from smart phone and mobile device users. The standard of WiFi technology is continuing to improve; creating a whole new range of opportunities in the WiFi market. Smartphone users want faster, more ubiquitous and reliable connectivity, while operators are looking to squeeze every last bit of capacity out of their cellular networks. As a result, smarter WiFi is needed so that it can take on a more strategic role as part of the overall mobile network infrastructure. Ultimately users simply want the fastest and most reliable wireless connection they can get.
Turning towards the developing economies, it is important to acknowledge that mobile broadband will be the only way for telecoms to truly advance as there is little or no fixed infrastructure in place. This is not just important for telecoms – but also for the important economic and social development of these markets, as it provides opportunities to access m-commerce services, m-banking; m-health, education and so on. Mobile broadband is already having a huge impact in the developing world and national governments and international agencies are recognising the enormous potential in utilising mobile infrastructure for a far more efficient, effective and productive delivery of their services.
With mobile broadband now being embraced around the world - mobile commerce has become one of the hottest sectors and it is gaining importance for a wide range of industries, including telecommunications, IT, finance, retail and the media, as well as for end-users. It works best in those areas where it can emphasise the core virtue of mobile networks – convenience. The enormous success of smart phones is linked to the Apps which are available and increasingly commercial models will be linked to these apps - which will result in further spectacular growth in m-commerce.
BuddeComm’s new report, Global Mobile Broadband – Global Mobile Broadband – A Key Focus for Industry and Society, provides important insights into the worldwide mobile broadband industry and includes trends, analyses, statistics and case studies. It provides insights into the fast growing LTE network deployment and the growing importance of WiFi to the telecoms sector. Information at a regional level is provided for North America, Europe, Middle East, Latin America, Africa and Asia Pacific, written by BuddeComm’s Senior Analysts. Please note: Mobile communications is covered in detail in a separate annual publication.
Number of pages 119
Last updated 8 Apr 2013
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