Nokia Networks leads LTE network market in Q3: Infonetics

Nokia Networks is leading LTE network market based on revenue in Q3 2014, propelled by strong performances in the U.S. and China, said Infonetics Research.

The telecom research does not talk about the specific LTE network market share for Nokia Networks and its main rivals such as Ericsson, Huawei, ZTE, Samsung Electronics and Alcatel-Lucent.

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China is one of the key telecom markets for 4G LTE investments. China Mobile has given big orders to network vendors such as Huawei, ZTE, Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia Networks. The number of commercial LTE networks launched as of September 2014 is 331, according to GSA.

Growth of LTE networks

Telecom operators are spending around $5.6 billion per quarter on LTE 4G infrastructure. Infonetics has raised its 2014 forecast for the global macrocell 2G, 3G, and 4G mobile infrastructure market to $45.4 billion, against $43 billion in 2013.

The telecom analysis said the global LTE market will peak in 2015.

The worldwide macrocell 2G, 3G, 4G LTE infrastructure market increased 0.4 percent sequentially and 10 percent year-over-year to $11.2 billion.

ABI Research on LTE market

ABI Research earlier estimated that 676 million 4G LTE handsets will be shipped in 2015 against 204 million in 2014. The number of LTE connected devices shipped will exceed 1.89 billion units by end 2019.

“With the proliferation of larger screen smart devices driving up the appetites for content and faster speeds, ABI Research estimates that there will be 350 commercial LTE networks forecasted by 4Q 2014,” said Cheri Wong, research analyst at ABI Research. LTE-Advanced, the new version of LTE 4G, is commercial on 20 telecom networks in 14 countries.

LTE Speed grows

Last month, Telstra Australia, Ericsson and Qualcomm achieved 450 Mbps downlink speed (Category 9) by using LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) Carrier Aggregation solution. The record speed was achieved by combining three 20 MHz LTE carriers on commercially available Ericsson multi-standard hardware and LTE software.

Ericsson in LTE

Ericsson says it is present in top LTE markets including the US, Japan, South Korea, Australia and Canada. Top 10 LTE operators — ranked by LTE subscription worldwide – have selected Ericsson. Ericsson supplied more than 200 LTE RAN and Evolved Packet Core networks, of which more than 150 are live commercially.

Baburajan K
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