According to a recent ABI Research report, 4G devices are moving rapidly from the assembly line to retail stores.
- Refers to a range of 4G-enabled mobile devices, from USB dongles, smartphones, tablets, 4G portable hotspots, and wireless broadband CPE modems
- 4G devices are expected to generate 87 million in unit sales in 2012, up 294% year-on-year.
- 61 million 4G handsets being shipped in 2012.
- 26 million 4G non-handset products (e.g. USB dongles for legacy laptops and netbooks, by premise equipment, home modems, etc) will be shipped
- The lion’s share of the market is now backing LTE as service provider and vendor support has fallen away from WiMAX.
- There is a natural evolutionary demand from 3G end-users, both business and consumer, to jump onto the 4G data bandwagon.
- Mobile device vendors are experiencing intense competitive pressure, which is expected to bring down LTE handset prices, estimated at 10 to 20 percent over the next two years.