The wireless network infrastructure market (2G, 3G and 4G) has been forecast to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8%, increasing from a valuation of $45.9 billion in 2011, to be worth a total market value of $49.7 billion by the end of 2012. However, over the next five years the market is expected to decline to $48.6 billion.
The wireless network infrastructure market is currently in a phase of transition as mobile network operators seek to address increasing mobile traffic demands amidst global economic uncertainties. This paradigm shift is bringing new challenges and opportunities to infrastructure vendors.
Throughout the world -- from the developed economies of North America, Europe and North Asia, to the developing regions of Latin America, Africa and South Asia -- carriers are seeing the value of upgrading their wireless network infrastructures.
Despite significant economic headwinds, demand for higher data rates is compelling carriers to invest in new equipment, driving growth in infrastructure gear sales in 2011 and beyond.
The expansion of the wireless network infrastructure market in 2011 is being fuelled by carriers around the world investing in 3.5G/3.75G network upgrades, as well as the migration to 4G long term evolution (LTE) by some carriers in Europe, Japan, the United States and South Korea.
Carriers in many of the emerging markets are upgrading their 2.5G networks to 3.5G technologies and offering new data-centric services to customers. As of Q4 2011, 38 mobile network operators worldwide had launched fourth-generation (4G) Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks commercially.
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