WiFi-only Tablets Rule the Market, outdoing the Mobile Data Embedded Tablets by a Ratio of 4 to 1

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WiFi continuous to play a key role in the penetration of Tablets across the globe. The recent 2nd quarter 2013 (2Q13) '3G and 4G Mobile Broadband Devices and Subscribers' report by Infonetics, a international market research and consulting firm specializing in the global communications sector, shows that from 2Q12 to 2Q13, the sales of WiFi-only tablets outperformed the sale of Tablets that were embedded with mobile broadband cards by more than 300%. This trend took place against the backdrop of increasing mobile data connectivity that sprung from continuous deployment of HSDPA and 4G LTE networks world over. The WIFi only tablets reached more than 40 million in sales in the 2Q2013. The report tracks over 50 mobile broadband market segments and sub-segments, including smartphones, operating systems (OS) and the type of network they connect to, including Long Term Evolution (LTE), W-CDMA/HSPA, and other networks.

 

 

2Q13 MOBILE BROADBAND MARKET HIGHLIGHTS

Globally, smartphone revenue totaled $74 billion in 2Q13, down 5% from 1Q13

FDD-LTE devices are now the second largest smartphone segment and are expected to overtake W-CDMA in just a few years

Sales of mobile broadband embedded tablets rose 10% sequentially in 2Q13

Consumer demand for 3G USB mobile broadband cards is softening in developed countries, where embedded device penetration is rising

Enterprise demand for 3G USBs remains healthy as businesses increasingly seek to mobilize their workforces without relying on WiFi availability

Samsung retained its lead in smartphone revenue market share in 2Q13, owing to a record number of smartphone shipments (74 million units) coupled with a dip in iPhone5 sales

  “Despite the noise surrounding LTE handsets, W-CDMA remained the biggest driver in the smartphone market in the second quarter in terms of shipments and revenue, though W-CDMA revenue was down slightly sequentially as a result of declining ARPU,” notes Richard Webb, Infonetics Research’s directing analyst for microwave and carrier WiFi.“Lower-cost, entry-level devices based in W-CDMA in particular are growing in popularity, driven by a determined push by Chinese OEMs keen to establish a bigger market share,” Webb continues. “Also, a bigger push from leading OEMs Apple and Samsung in China and Brazil continues to drive smartphone unit growth.”

 

  Source - Infonetics (Sept 18, 2013)
 
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