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78% tablets to be 3G/4G-enabled by 2015

Posted: 23 May 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:modems  mobile computing  internet connectivity 

In-Stat forecasts that by 2015, tablets will have the highest 3G/4G attach rate among all cellular-enabled portable and computing devices with 78 per cent of tablets shipping with a 3G/4G modem.

Consumers of portable and computing devices require constant connectivity in order to access the Internet, engage in social networking and share multimedia content. In fact, this consistent connected experience is imperative in today's digital lifestyle. In-Stat research suggests that this trend represents an opportunity for mobile operators to move beyond the maturing handset market and into connecting emerging wireless device markets, such as e-readers and tablets.

"The emerging tablet market represents one of the strongest opportunities for embedded 3G/4G technology," says Stephanie Ethier, senior analyst of In-Stat. "Cellular connectivity will also continue to find its way into e-readers, as well. By 2015, 65 per cent of e-readers worldwide will ship with an embedded 3G/4G modem."

In-Stat's latest research covers the market for non-traditional cellular-connected devices, and includes forecasts for tablets, e-readers, portable navigation devices (PNDs) and digital photo frames.

In the research, In-Stat also finds out that there were approximately 1.6 crore portable and computing devices shipped with 3G/4G cellular connectivity in 2010. Also, in 2015, it is projected that over 50 per cent of all 3G/4G tablets 2015 will have LTE WAN connectivity and 52 per cent of cellular-connected portable and computing devices in Asia will be GSM devices.

In-Stat also projects that the Asia-Pacific region will experience the highest sustainable growth rate among 3G/4G portable and computing devices throughout the forecast period.

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