Taipei, Tuesday, July 26, 2016 00:22 (GMT+8)
scattered thunderstorms
Taipei
31°C
Trends in the commercial development of TD-LTE
Benson Wu, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei [Wednesday 14 November 2012]
Registration required (free) to purchase. Please sign in if you wish to continue.
With the Long Term Evolution (LTE) standard continuing to develop, international differences in plannings and frequency allocation timetables have resulted in different frequency bands being used in different countries. The China-led TD-LTE standard's greater efficiency in terms of frequency spectrum usage has attracted the attention of carriers in a number of other countries. Digitimes Research projects that the global number of TD-LTE users will reach 97.5 million by 2016, accounting for 23% of all LTE users globally.
Abstract
Global TD-LTE market development, 2010-2016 (m users)

2012 is the most important year in the history of the evolution of the Long Term Evolution (LTE) standard. According to the most recent figures from GSA (Global mobile Supplier Association), 96 commercial LTE networks were already in operation across 46 countries as of September 2012, including 11 commerical TDD-LTE networks. Major global players have already announced wide-ranging support for LTE technology and development, with the result that LTE is already becoming the mainstream global technology for 4G networks. Examples include carriers such as Verizon, AT&T and NTT DoCoMo; brand device and equipment makers such as Samsung and Ericsson; and chip suppliers such as Qualcomm.

However, international differences in plannings and frequency allocation timetables have resulted in different frequency bands being used in different countries. The China-led TD-LTE standard's greater efficiency in terms of frequency spectrum usage has attracted the attention of carriers in a number of other countries. For example, Softbank, Japan's number three carrier, announced that it would offer commercial TD-LTE services from the first half of 2012, and has already garned nearly 200,000 users in the space of five months. China Mobile has expanded trial networks into a total of 13 cities in 2012, covering a population of around 100 million. As WiMAX users switch over and LTE gains momentum globally, Digitimes Research projects that the global number of TD-LTE users will reach 97.5 million by 2016, accounting for 23% of all LTE users.

TD-LTE equipment faces the same challenge as LTE equipment - namely that carriers are starting to switch to using Wi-Fi offload solutions to carry much of the burden of data service traffic. Wi-Fi equipment is easy to deploy, physically smaller and costs little, helping carriers to reduce data service costs. This is in turn forcing TD-LTE/LTE equipment makers to create smaller, cheaper products that will encourage carriers to continue using LTE solutions, rather than switching to Wi-Fi.

As increasing numbers of new, China-based players enter the market, and Wi-Fi threatens to replace LTE for some data services, Digitimes Research projects that competition in the TD-LTE equipment market will remain extremely intense in the short term at least. Over the medium term, once some equipment makers drop out of the market, or TD-LTE equipment becomes small enough and cheap enough to compete more effectively, the level of competition in the market is likely to ease off somewhat.

Table of contents
Price: NT$48,000 (approx. US$1,685)
Realtime news
  • Digitimes Research: Taiwan sees decreased smartphone ODM/OEM shipments in 2Q16

    Mobile + telecom | 3h 53min ago

  • Panel cutting service provider Nanoplus to debut on Taiwan emerging stock market, says paper

    Displays - Newswatch | 3h 53min ago

  • Pepper enters into Taiwan service market

    Before Going to Press | 3h 42min ago

  • Wi-Fi Alliance to launch certification for compatibility with WiGig MMW technology

    Before Going to Press | 3h 48min ago

  • Notebook players less aggressive about using USB Type C

    Before Going to Press | 3h 48min ago

  • Posiflex Technology nets NT$4.25 per share for 1H16

    Before Going to Press | 4h 11min ago

  • Shunfeng International Clean Energy loses CNY246 million in 1H16 due to inability to get PV power on grid

    Before Going to Press | 4h 12min ago

  • Taiwan market: Samsung Electronics to launch smartphone/table hybrid Galaxy Tab J

    Before Going to Press | 4h 12min ago

  • Chip orders for notebooks from Huawei and Xiaomi falling, say sources

    Before Going to Press | 4h 13min ago

  • 2Q16 global smart watch shipments down 32% on year, says IDC

    Before Going to Press | 4h 13min ago

  • Panel cutting service provider Nanoplus to debut on Taiwan emerging stock market in August

    Before Going to Press | 4h 14min ago

  • Holtek 2Q16 profits rise 20% sequentially

    Before Going to Press | 4h 14min ago

  • Win Semi looks to up to 5% revenue growth in 3Q16

    Before Going to Press | 4h 14min ago

  • Component makers to see weak orders for tablets and wearables

    Before Going to Press | 4h 15min ago

  • Raydium reports NT$2.69 EPS for 1H16

    Before Going to Press | 4h 16min ago

Pause
 | 
View more

Taiwan server shipment forecast and industry analysis, 2016

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Apr 1, 15:47

Strong demand from the cloud computing market helped Taiwan's server shipments grow 12.5% on year to break 10 million units in 2015, accounting for 90.7% of worldwide shipments and the percentage is expected to grow to 91.1% in 2016. This Digitimes Research Special...

China smartphone touch-panel industry 2016 forecast

CHINA SMARTPHONE | Feb 6, 17:23

In 2016, China's smartphone panel capacity is expected to increase steadily, with BOE and Tianma expanding 6G capacity and GVO and Truly Optoelectronics increasing their share of handset panel production. This Digitimes Research Special Report analyzes the key...

Global tablet market – 1Q 2016

GLOBAL TABLET | Jun 1, 14:09

There were an estimated 44.89 million tablets shipped globally during the first quarter of 2016, falling 31.3% on quarter and 12.1% on year.

China smartphone AP shipments – 1Q 2016

CHINA SMARTPHONE AP | May 27, 16:04

First-quarter 2016 smartphone AP shipments in China were slow with a sequential decrease of 16.9%.

Taiwan handsets – 1Q 2016

TAIWAN MOBILE DEVICE | May 26, 16:04

Taiwan's handset brand vendors and ODMs both saw sharp declines in their shipments in the first quarter of 2016. The brand vendors' shipments will improve in the second quarter due to launches of new models, but the ODM shipments will drop further.

China smartphone touch-panel industry 2016 forecast
Intel strategies in the mobile device market
Analysis of China revised domestic semiconductor industry goals
  • Wireless broadband developments in Southeast Asia markets

    As of 2013, the 10 ASEAN nations had a total of over 700 million mobile subscriptions, with the CAGR from 2003-2013 reaching 24%. This Digitimes Research Special Report analyzes the various mobile broadband markets in ASEAN and looks at the respective trends in 4G LTE development for those markets.

  • 2015 global tablet demand forecast

    This Digitimes Research Special Report provides a 2015 forecast for the global tablet market and analyzes the strategies of key market players such as Google, Apple, Intel, and Microsoft.

  • 2015 China smartphone panel trend forecast

    This Digitimes Research Special Report analyzes the strategies of key China-based major panel makers BOE, Tianma and IVO for attacking the different market segments through technology and pricing, and their relationship to local vendors Huawei, Lenovo, ZTE, Xiaomi and Coolpad.