The global smartphone market totaled $247 billion in 2012, up 51 percent from 2011.
Infonetics Research recently released excerpts from its fourth quarter 2012 (4Q12) and year-end 3G and 4G mobile broadband devices and subscribers market share and forecast report. The comprehensive report tracks over 50 mobile broadband market segments and sub-segments, including smartphones, operating systems (OS), routers, cards, USBs, embedded devices (such as tablets) and subscribers, all by the type of network they connect to, including Long Term Evolution (LTE), W-CDMA/HSPA, and other networks.
"FDD-LTE was the biggest driver for smartphone growth in the final quarter of 2012, with unit growth of 151 percent, the second straight quarter of triple-digit growth," reports Julien Blin, directing analyst for consumer electronics and mobile broadband at Infonetics Research. "TDD-LTE smartphones are also ramping fast, albeit from a much smaller base, despite a temporary dip in growth in the fourth quarter. In 2012, five times as many W-CDMA/HSPA smartphones shipped as LTE smartphones. By 2015 we expect LTE smartphones to overtake W-CDMA/HSPA."
Blin adds, "Similarly in the tablet space, the growing popularity of low-cost LTE tablets, shared data plans, and improved LTE network coverage (especially in developed markets like North America and Western Europe), will drive LTE-enabled tablets to close the gap on WiFi-only tablets by 2017."
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