Mobile Infrastructure Market Will Grow at 8% Annually Through 2019

The global macrocell mobile infrastructure market grew two percent in the second quarter of 2015 over the first quarter, and also grew two percent year-over-year, according to IHS Infonetics, reaching $11.4 billion.

LTE revenue was essentially flat (up one percent) sequentially, but grew 10 percent year over year.

IHS believes LTE spending by mobile operators will peak at $23 billion in 2015 and then start to decline as service providers complete their builds.

Some 422 commercial LTE networks have been launched as of July 2015, 363 of which are of the FDD (frequency division duplex) variety.

Ericsson and Huawei share the LTE infrastructure market share lead, each claiming a bit more than 20 percent market share.

Mobile infrastructure software is forecast by IHS to grow at a 5-year (2014-2019) compound annual growth rate of eight percent.

But 3G investments also matter.

"Substantial 3G deployments took place in Brazil, India, the Middle East, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam," said Stéphane Téral, IHS research director for mobile infrastructure and carrier economics. "Brazil kicked off a massive 2G GSM to 3G W-CDMA migration, and Thailand has ordered mobile operators to shut down their GSM network to re-use the spectrum for LTE."
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