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Novel mobile devices to drive 3G tech

Posted: 18 May 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:3G  LTE  WiMax  4G wireless 

A range of new embedded consumer electronics devices is set to create a market of 10 crore installed devices for wireless operators in the United States by 2014, according to Strategic Analytics.

Initially this market will be based on 3G communications with LTE and WiMax only starting to have an impact in 2013, the market analyst said.

By the end of 2009, more than half of the 84 lakh consumer electronics devices installed and enabled for 3G and 4G communications will be consumer notebook PCs. This entire device population of 3G- and 4G-enabled products will nearly double to 1.66 crore in 2010, and continue to expand towards 10.1 crore by 2014, the analyst said.

Today's 3G technologies are set to dominate the consumer electronics device market for the next few years. LTE and Wimax will begin to have an impact in 2013 and beyond, as service availability expands and key price points are reached, the market research firm argued.

Strategy Analytics foresees a range of up to 20 new device segments in which 3G and 4G wireless technologies will be embedded, and which mobile phone service operators could support with data and media services.

According to Peter King, Director, Consumer Home Device strategies at Strategy Analytics, "Beyond notebooks, Strategy Analytics expects other portable devices, such as Mobile Internet Devices and game consoles to add 3G and 4G wireless network capabilities," he said in a statement.

"Wireless operators stand to benefit from future expansion in portable digital media device markets," said David Mercer, vice president of the digital consumer practice, in the same statement. "They must now pay closer attention to developing innovative multi-device business models. The majority of today's wireless service plans are poorly adapted to the need for unlimited data access across multiple consumer devices."

-Peter Clarke
EE Times Europe

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