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LTE EPC spending hits Rs.2,637 crore

Posted: 15 Nov 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:EPC  LTE network  wireless core gateway 

Wireless core gateway spending will reach Rs.4,932.74 crore ($1.1 billion) next year, of which LTE Evolved Packet Core (EPC) spend will be Rs.2,636.77 crore ($588 million), according to a study titled "Mobile Gateway and Server Market Data."

ABI Research includes that mobile operator spending for wireless core gateways is set to surpass Rs.4,484.30 crore ($1 billion) this year due to the increasing deployment of LTE networks.

Aditya Kaul, practice director, mobile networks at ABI Research, stated that there are currently about 35 LTE networks in commercial service that will multiply to more than 100 next year. "This growth in LTE networks has almost doubled total mobile gateway network spend between 2006 and 2011."

The LTE EPC spend consists of P-Gateway, S-Gateway, MME and eHRPD equipment, which account for LTE EPC deployments in both WCDMA and CDMA networks. The vendors benefiting from the increase in EPC spend include the five major wireless network equipment vendors (Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia Siemens Networks and ZTE) as well as router vendors including Cisco Systems, Juniper Networks and Tellabs.

"Although some operators are able to upgrade their 3G core networks to EPC networks to support LTE, the majority are installing new EPC networks. Operators' existing core networks are stretched to capacity by dramatic increases in mobile broadband data traffic and most view LTE deployment as an opportunity to install the latest core network technologies for improved network operations," said Jim Eller, principal analyst, wireless infrastructure at ABI Research.

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