Monday, August 02, 2010

3G - Global subscribers are projected to reach 3.7 billion by 2015, with a rapid switch from 2G

[prweb] Third generation (3G) mobile communication technology has been heralded as an exemplary shift that is expected to irrevocably change the visage of the telecommunications industry. The business case for 3G has begun to build worldwide as most 3G networks now rollout effortlessly in comparison to the many hiccups experienced in initial years. The industry is experiencing the transition from voice-oriented 2G networks to a more advanced multi-service data-centric 3G network. With the introduction of 3G and 3.5G networks, mobile communication industry has broadened its horizon by facilitating broadband and Internet access to mobile users. Consumers will be offered ubiquitous and on-the-fly access to a wealth of value-added services. The evolution of 3G networks has spearheaded cost-effective wireless communications in both developed and developing nations. Propelled by superior data speed, improved access to multimedia services, video conferencing, these technologies are increasingly being deployed for fixed, mobile and portable uses.

The continued enhancements in 3G have led to further technological advancements in the form of EV-DO Rev. A, femtocells, HSDPA, that deliver outstanding capabilities, making 3G the paramount choice. Although capital intensive, 3G represents a long-term strategic investment, thus explaining the continued interest in 3G network deployments despite the economic slowdown. However, despite the enhanced multimedia capabilities and potential cost savings, spurred by increasing 3G/3.5G service usage, some operators may find it difficult in the short term to maintain investment plans for full-fledged transition from 2.5G to 3G/+ systems, due to the limited capital-raising opportunities at this time.

As stated by the new market research report on 3G/3.5G, Europe and Asia-Pacific (including Japan) collectively dominate the global 3G/3.5G subscriber base. Asia is expected to be a favorable market for 3G deployments over the next five years. While the boom in the Asia Pacific 3G market over the last few years was primarily driven by mass-scale deployments in Japan, the dynamism is now clearly pointing towards China. The number of 3G/3.5G subscribers in China is expected to significantly increase with rising number of network deployments.

Key players dominating the marketplace include, AT&T, China Mobile Limited, China Telecom Corporation Limited, China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited, KDDI Corp., NTT DoCoMo Inc, SK Telecom, T-Mobile International AG & Co. KG, Vodafone Group Plc, among others.

The report titled “3G/3.5G: A Global Strategic Business Report” announced by Global Industry Analysts, Inc., provides a comprehensive review of industry overview, technology overview, product/service launches, profiles of major players, and recent industry activity. The report provides market estimates and projections for number of subscribers (In Millions) across major geographic markets such as North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and rest of world. The study also analyzes the 3G/3.5G market by the following technology segments - WCDMA Pathway (UMTS, HSPA), CDMA Pathway (EV-DO, EV-DO Rev A,B).

Global 3G/3.5G Subscribers Are Projected to Reach 3.7 Billion by 2015, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts

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