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LTE infrastructure market primed to hit $5 billion in 2013


Campbell, CALIFORNIA, April 6, 2009—Market research firm Infonetics Research released the first edition of its biannual LTE Infrastructure and Subscribers report last week. Highlights from the market size and forecast report follow.


“Unlike 3G deployments that were overlay networks, in effect, building 3G onto existing 2G infrastructure, LTE is going to be a rapid mobile expansion that uses new spectrum and a flatter, IP-centric architecture. Verizon Wireless in North America, TeliaSonera in Norway and Sweden, and NTT DoCoMo and KDDI in Japan have publicly committed to deploy LTE infrastructure for commercial launch in 2010. Consequently, if providers carry out their LTE plans as scheduled, the first technical deployments of LTE will take place in the second half of 2009, and the market will be primed to grow quickly, reaching $5 billion in 2013."

Stéphane Téral, Principal Analyst, Mobile and FMC Infrastructure, Infonetics Research


  • The total LTE infrastructure market, including E-UTRAN macrocells (enhanced NodeBs, or eNBs) and evolved packet core (EPC) equipment (MME and access gateways) is set to take off in 2009 and grow rapidly, topping $5 billion in 2013
  • Peak rates, latency, and spectral efficiency are the chief drivers fueling the LTE infrastructure market
  • LTE will be the universal future-proofed mobile platform, used by GSM players to offload their HSPA+ traffic, and by CDMA players to bypass 1xEV-DO rev B upgrades
  • LTE subscribers could exceed 72 million by 2013 if service provider LTE plans are carried out as planned


Infonetics’ worldwide and regional LTE infrastructure and subscribers service includes 3 components: an LTE Market Size and Forecast report in Excel with data in customizable pivot tables; an LTE Market Analysis report in PDF with top takeaways and in-depth analysis; and a Fundamental Telecom/Datacom Market Drivers report in PDF with analysis of overall market conditions for service providers, enterprises, subscribers, and the global economy.


To download this report if your organization has purchased it, or to download sample data from the report, log on to the portal above. For sales, contact Larry Howard, vice president, at or +1 (408) 583-3335.

Infonetics Research ( is an international market research and consulting firm serving the communications industry since 1990. A leader in defining and tracking emerging and established technologies in all world regions, Infonetics helps clients plan, strategize, and compete more effectively.

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"LTE subscribers could exceed 72 million by 2013 if service provider LTE plans are carried out as planned."

Stéphane Téral
Principal Analyst, Infonetics Research
Mobile and FMC Infrastructure