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Global TD-LTE mobile shipments to exceed 220 million in 2017

Anuradha Shukla | Dec. 17, 2013
IDC predicts the GAGR of these mobile devices during 2013-2017 will be 103%.

Global shipments of TD-LTE mobile phones in 2017 will exceed 220 million, according to a newly released report by IDC.

The (Gross Annual Growth Rate) GAGR of these devices during 2013-2017 will be 103% and the share of the shipments of TD-LTE mobile phones in those of 4G mobile phones will significantly increase to 23%.

An increase in demand and the subsequent increase in shipments will lead to a decrease in the cost of TD-LTE mobile phones. In 2017, the average price of TD-LTE mobile phones will be 37.2% of that of TD-LTE mobile phones in 2013.

The research firm predicts the TD-LTE industry to rapidly develop in terms of both network coverage and the number of subscribers.

"As the three major telecom operators of China obtained the TD-LTE licenses, the strength of the TD-LTE camp will be greatly enhanced, and the industry will be more mature," said Jason Shen, senior analyst of Telecommunication Research, IDC China.

China's issuance of 4G licenses

China has issued its 4G licenses and this is said to impact the development of the nation and the global mobile Internet market.

The influence of the formal commercial application of China's 4G service on the communication market will lead to the acceleration of the TD-LTE industry maturity.

The shipments of global TD-LTE mobile phones accounted for only 1% of those of 4G mobile phones in the first three quarters of 2013 but the global TD-LTE device market is set to accelerate as China has formally released the TD-LTE service.

4G is still new for China's market and at the initial stage of the commercial application. This is the reason why lack of TD-LTE devices will hinder the development of 4G network in a long term.

China Telecom and China Unicom have tweaked their core services offering and now focusing more on the development of the 4G service. IDC expects this change will affect the investment and operation of the broadband service and impact the entire development process of "Broadband China".

"The three major telecom operators take the 4G service as the focus for next-step investment and development, which will have an effect on the development of the broadband market to a certain degree," added Shen.



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