Global - Mobile - 3G - Overview, Statistics & Analyses


Archived report. In early 2010, 3G subscribers accounted for around 13% of all mobile subscribers worldwide. Despite the financial crisis, it is full steam ahead for one of the largest emerging markets – China, which is benefitting from huge investments in 3G network deployment. India is also finalising 3G licensing arrangements despite the regulatory battles that have hindered developments there in the past. After more than five years of waiting, the business case for 3G is beginning to build around the world and most 3G deployments now rollout smoothly in contrast to the many problems experienced in early years. In this report BuddeComm provides a high-level overview and analyses of 3G market developments, including global 3G subscriber statistics and forecasts.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. 3G rolling out more rapidly
    • 2.1 2G is fighting back with EDGE
    • 2.2 3G for voice and enhanced voice applications
    • 2.3 4G needed for mass market mobile broadband
  • 3. Brief case study: Hutchison
  • 4. 3G statistics and forecasts
  • 5. Spotlight on Asia
    • 5.1 China and India to become major 3G markets?
    • 5.2 Vietnam awards four 3G licences
    • 5.3 SmarTone only bidder for Macau’s fourth 3G licence
  • 6. Other developments
    • 6.1 Russia - also an emerging 3G market
    • 6.2 New mobile hotspot
  • 7. 3G auctions – a popular way to assign spectrum
    • 7.1 Popularity of UMTS 900 grows
    • 7.2 Refarming 2G spectrum
  • 8. Hard realities of the mobile market
  • 9. Related reports
  • Table 1 – 3G subscribers worldwide – Hutchison Whampoa – 2007 - 2009
  • Table 2 – Growth of worldwide 3G subscribers – 2004; 2006 - 2009; Q1 2010
  • Table 3 – Worldwide market share of mobile subscribers by technology – Q1 2009
  • Table 4 – Historical 3G spectrum licence cost per capita – 2000 - 2001
  • Exhibit 1 – Asia region 2.75G and 3G mobile service roll-outs – 2008
  • Exhibit 2 – Radio frequency spectrum

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Mobile & Wireless Broadband and Media
Mobile Communications (voice and infrastructure)
Strategies & Analyses (Industry & Markets)

Number of pages 10

Status Archived

Last updated 17 Feb 2010
Update History

Analyst: Kylie Wansink

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