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Infonetics: Evolved Packet Core Market More Than Doubles in 1Q14, Offsetting 2G/3G Skid

Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its 1st quarter 2014 (1Q14) 2G, 3G, LTE Mobile Infrastructure and Subscribers report, which tracks 2G, 3G, and LTE network equipment, software, and subscribers.


“In the first quarter of 2014, LTE almost fully offset the abyssal decline of 2G and 3G and was characterized by an interesting dynamic: the tremendous growth of the evolved packet core (EPC) and E-UTRAN,” reports Stéphane Téral, principal analyst for mobile infrastructure and carrier economics at Infonetics Research. “E-UTRAN was driven by the ongoing second wave of fresh LTE rollouts, and EPC was fueled by first-wave LTE adopters’ core capacity upgrades.”


  • The global macrocell 2G/3G/4G mobile infrastructure market totaled $10.7 billion in 1Q14, down 2% sequentially, but up 11% from 1Q13, driven by strong LTE rollouts in China, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America
  • In 1Q14, EPC grew 77% quarter-over-quarter and 129% year-over-year, while E-UTRAN rose 25% sequentially and 81% from a year ago
  • The top 5 vendors in the 2G/3G/4G mobile infrastructure space are, in alphabetical order, Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia, and ZTE
  • The Chinese vendors got a serious boost from their home market where China Mobile and China Telecom are undergoing massive LTE rollouts
  • Infonetics forecasts the global LTE equipment market to grow at a 1% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2013 to 2018, when it will total $14 billion
  • Global 2G/3G/4G software revenue is expected to grow at a 5-year (2013–2018) CAGR of 8.7%


Join analyst Stéphane Téral June 5 at noon EDT for How to Get the Best Out of DAS, Small Cells, and WiFi, which analyzes the future of distributed antenna systems (DAS) and their relationship to small cells, remote radio heads (RRHs), and WiFi. Attend live or access the replay: http://w.on24.com/r.htm?e=783410&s=1&k=CD70E2F6D98C3E67A3B5A1936E23DB13.


Infonetics’ quarterly 2G, 3G, LTE mobile infrastructure report provides worldwide and regional market size, vendor market share, forecasts through 2018, deployment trackers, analysis, and trends for macrocell mobile network equipment, software, and subscribers. The report tracks more than 50 subsegments of the market, including radio access networks (RANs), base transceiver stations (BTSs), mobile softswitching, packet core equipment, and E-UTRAN macrocells. Vendors tracked: Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Datang Mobile, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Genband, HP, Huawei, NEC, Nokia, Samsung, ZTE, and others. To buy the report, contact Infonetics: http://www.infonetics.com/contact.asp.



Download Infonetics’ 2014 market research brochure, publication calendar, events brochure, report highlights, tables of contents, and more at http://www.infonetics.com/login.


Visit https://www.infonetics.com/infonetics-events to register for upcoming webinars, view recent webinars on demand, or learn about sponsoring a webinar.

  • How to Get the Best Out of DAS, Small Cells, and WiFi (June 5: Attend)
  • Diameter Signaling Control for LTE Networks (June 12: Attend)
  • NFV: An Easier Initial Target Than SDN? (June 19: Attend)
  • Security at the Speed of VoLTE (View on-demand)
  • Indoor Wireless Solutions: Technologies, Challenges, and Backhaul (View on-demand)
  • How to Secure Your HetNet (July 8: Sponsor)
  • The Role of NFV in Mobile Networks (Sept. 11: Sponsor)


N. America (West), Asia Pacific: Larry Howard, [email protected], +1 408-583-3335

N. America (East, Midwest), L. America: Scott Coyne, [email protected], +1 408-583-3395

EMEA, India, Singapore: George Stojsavljevic, [email protected], +44 755-488-1623

Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan: http://www.infonetics.com/contact.asp


Infonetics Research (www.infonetics.com) is an international market research and consulting firm serving the communications industry since 1990. A leader in defining and tracking emerging and established technologies in all world regions, Infonetics helps clients plan, strategize, and compete effectively. View Infonetics’ About Us slides at http://bit.ly/QUrbrV.

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