TD-LTE Ecosystem Market: 2015 – 2020 – Infrastructure, Devices, Subscriptions and Operator Revenue

Driven by the thriving ecosystem, TD-LTE operator service revenue is expected to account for over $230 Billion by the end of 2020. By this period, TD-LTE networks will serve nearly 1 Billion subscribers worldwide. However, unpaired TDD spectrum costs significantly less per MHz/population than its FDD equivalent and is more widely available.

FDD still remains the prevalent standard for LTE deployment as a natural progression path for GSM, W-CDMA and CDMA network operators. However, unpaired TDD spectrum costs significantly less per MHz/population than its FDD equivalent and is more widely available.

Driven by the technology’s lower deployment costs and spectrum availability, the industry has witnessed several prominent TD-LTE network deployments across the globe including SoftBank in Japan, Sprint in the U.S. and Bharti Airtel in India. In particular, China Mobile’s TD-LTE network launch has enabled the TD-LTE ecosystem to reach a significant scale of economy, boosting further infrastructure and device investments in TD-LTE technology.

More than a hundred operators have committed to deploy TD-LTE networks throughout the globe. Furthermore, all major device OEMs, including smartphone leaders Apple and Samsung, have commercially launched TD-LTE compatible devices. A large proportion of these devices support both TDD and FDD modes of operation, over multiple frequency bands.

Driven by the thriving ecosystem, TD-LTE operator service revenue is expected to account for over $230 Billion by the end of 2020. By this period, TD-LTE networks will serve nearly 1 Billion subscribers worldwide.

The “TD-LTE Ecosystem: 2015 – 2020 – Infrastructure, Devices, Subscriptions & Operator Revenue” report presents an in-depth assessment of the TD-LTE market including key market drivers, challenges, operator revenue potential, infrastructure/device deployment commitments, future roadmap, value chain, vendor strategies and strategic recommendations. The report also presents revenue and shipment market size and forecasts for both infrastructure and devices, along with subscription and service revenue projections for the LTE market as a whole, as well as separate projections for the TD-LTE and LTE FDD sub-markets from 2015 through to 2020. Historical figures are also presented for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

The report comes with an associated Excel datasheet suite covering quantitative data from all numeric forecasts presented in the report.

1 Chapter 1: Introduction
1.1 Executive Summary
1.2 Topics Covered
1.3 Historical Revenue & Forecast Segmentation
1.4 Key Questions Answered
1.5 Key Findings
1.6 Methodology
1.7 Target Audience
1.8 Companies & Organizations Mentioned

2 Chapter 2: An Overview of TD-LTE
2.1 What is TD-LTE?
2.2 Key Differentiator from FDD LTE: Unpaired Spectrum
2.3 Price per MHz/Population: The Benefit of Using Unpaired Spectrum
2.4 TD-LTE Spectrum Allocation
2.5 TCO (Total Cost of Ownership): How Does TD-LTE Compare with FDD LTE?
2.6 TD-LTE Performance Assessment
2.6.1 Downlink Performance
2.6.2 Impact of Carrier Aggregation
2.6.3 Uplink Performance
2.7 Commercial Availability
2.7.1 Infrastructure
2.7.2 Devices
2.7.3 Operator Services

3 Chapter 3: Market Drivers & Barriers
3.1 Market Drivers
3.1.1 Capitalizing on Unpaired Spectrum
3.1.2 Ease of Spectrum Acquisition
3.1.3 Flexible Uplink and Downlink Capacity
3.1.4 Interoperability with LTE FDD
3.1.5 Vendor Endorsement
3.1.6 Cheaper Hardware Costs
3.1.7 Smooth Transition from WiMAX and TD-SCDMA
3.1.8 TD-LTE is Not Just a RAN Technology
3.2 Market Barriers
3.2.1 Coverage Comparison with FDD
3.2.2 Transmission Synchronization
3.2.3 Use of Guard Periods
3.2.4 Discontinuous Reception

4 Chapter 4: TD-LTE Deployment Case Studies
4.1 China Mobile
4.1.1 Coverage Footprint
4.1.2 User Devices
4.1.3 Vendor Selection
4.1.4 Revenue Prospects
4.1.5 Impact of Additional 4G Licenses
4.2 Bharti Airtel
4.2.1 Early Spectrum Auctions
4.2.2 Coverage Footprint & FDD Expansion
4.2.3 User Devices
4.2.4 Vendor Selection
4.2.5 Revenue Prospects
4.3 SoftBank
4.3.1 Coverage Footprint & FDD Expansion
4.3.2 User Devices
4.3.3 Vendor Selection
4.3.4 LTE-Advanced & Carrier Aggregation Deployment
4.3.5 Sprint Acquisition
4.3.6 Performance Assessment
4.3.7 Revenue Prospects
4.4 Sprint
4.4.1 Coverage Footprint
4.4.2 User Devices
4.4.3 Vendor Selection
4.4.4 Wholesale & Roaming Deals
4.4.5 LTE-Advanced & Carrier Aggregation Deployment
4.4.6 Performance Assessment
4.4.7 Revenue Prospects
4.5 UK Broadband
4.5.1 Coverage Footprint
4.5.2 User Devices
4.5.3 Vendor Selection
4.5.4 Wholesale Service Model
4.5.5 Revenue Prospects
4.6 Singtel Optus
4.6.1 Coverage Footprint
4.6.2 User Devices
4.6.3 Vendor Selection
4.6.4 LTE-Advanced & Carrier Aggregation Deployment
4.6.5 Performance Assessment
4.6.6 Revenue Prospects

5 Chapter 5: Industry Roadmap & Value Chain
5.1 Industry Roadmap
5.1.1 Initial LTE FDD Rollouts: 2010 – 2011
5.1.2 Rise of the HetNet Ecosystem: 2012 – 2013
5.1.3 A Wave of TD-LTE and LTE-Advanced Deployments: 2014 – 2016
5.1.4 Moving Towards Virtualized Infrastructure: 2017 – 2019
5.1.5 Start of the 5G Era: 2020 & Beyond
5.2 Value Chain
5.3 Embedded Technology Ecosystem
5.3.1 Chipset Developers
5.3.2 Embedded Component/Software Providers
5.4 RAN Ecosystem
5.4.1 Macrocell RAN OEMs
5.4.2 “Pure-Play” and Specialist Small Cell OEMs
5.4.3 WiFi Access Point OEMs
5.4.4 DAS & Repeater Solution Providers
5.4.5 C-RAN Solution Providers
5.4.6 Other Technology & Network Component Providers/Enablers
5.5 Mobile Backhaul Ecosystem
5.5.1 Backhaul Solution Providers
5.6 Mobile Core Ecosystem
5.6.1 Core Network Infrastructure & Software Providers
5.7 Connectivity Ecosystem
5.7.1 2G, 3G & 4G Wireless Carriers
5.7.2 WiFi Connectivity Providers
5.7.3 SCaaS (Small Cells as a Service) Providers
5.8 SON Ecosystem
5.8.1 SON Solution Providers
5.9 SDN & NFV Ecosystem
5.9.1 SDN & NFV Providers

6 Chapter 6: Vendor Landscape
6.1 RAN, CPE & EPC Infrastructure Vendors
6.1.1 Infrastructure Vendor Assessment
6.1.2 Accelleran
6.1.3 Adax
6.1.4 Affirmed Networks
6.1.5 Airspan Networks
6.1.6 Airvana
6.1.7 Alcatel-Lucent
6.1.8 Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell Company
6.1.9 Altiostar Networks
6.1.10 Arcadyan Technology Corporation
6.1.11 Argela
6.1.12 ARItel
6.1.13 ASOCS
6.1.14 Athena Wireless Communications
6.1.15 Axxcelera
6.1.16 Bandrich
6.1.17 Cisco
6.1.18 Connectem
6.1.19 Contela
6.1.20 CS Corporation
6.1.21 Datang Mobile
6.1.22 Ericsson
6.1.23 FiberHome Technologies
6.1.24 Fujitsu
6.1.25 GENBAND
6.1.26 Gemtek Technology
6.1.27 GreenPacket
6.1.28 GrenTech (China GrenTech Corporation)
6.1.29 GWT (Global Wireless Technologies)
6.1.30 Hitachi
6.1.31 HOJY Wireless (Shenzhen Hojy Wireless Company)
6.1.32 Huawei
6.1.33 ip.access
6.1.34 Juni Global
6.1.35 Lemko
6.1.36 Mavenir
6.1.37 MTI Mobile
6.1.38 New Postcom Equipment
6.1.39 NEC
6.1.40 Nokia Networks
6.1.41 Nutaq/NuRAN Wireless
6.1.42 Oceus Networks
6.1.43 Polaris Networks
6.1.44 Potevio (China Potevio Company)
6.1.45 Quanta Computer
6.1.46 Qucell
6.1.47 Redline Communications/PureWave Networks
6.1.48 Samsung
6.1.49 SK Telesys
6.1.50 SpiderCloud Wireless
6.1.51 Star Solutions
6.1.52 Taqua
6.1.53 TD Tech (Nokia and Huawei Joint Venture)
6.1.54 TEKTELIC Communications
6.1.55 Telum
6.1.56 Telrad Networks
6.1.57 WNC (Wistron NeWeb Corporation)
6.1.58 Z-com (ZDC Wireless)
6.1.59 ZTE
6.2 Device Vendors
6.2.1 Device Vendor Assessment
6.2.2 Apple
6.2.3 BBK Electronics Corporation: Vivo & OPPO
6.2.4 BlackBerry
6.2.5 Coolpad
6.2.6 Fujitsu (Formerly Fujitsu-Toshiba)
6.2.7 HTC
6.2.8 Huawei
6.2.9 Kyocera
6.2.10 Lenovo/Motorola
6.2.11 LG
6.2.12 NEC Mobile Communications
6.2.13 Microsoft Mobile/Nokia
6.2.14 Panasonic
6.2.15 Pantech
6.2.16 Samsung
6.2.17 Sharp
6.2.18 Sony Mobile
6.2.19 TCL Communication
6.2.20 ZTE
6.2.21 Xiaomi
6.3 Enabling Technology Providers
6.3.1 7Layers
6.3.2 AKM (Asahi Kasei Microdevices)
6.3.3 Altair Semiconductor
6.3.4 Anite
6.3.5 Anritsu Corporation
6.3.6 ASTRI (Applied Science and Technology Research Institute)
6.3.7 ATL (A Test Lab Techno Corporation)
6.3.8 Avago Technologies
6.3.9 Bluetest AB
6.3.10 Broadcom
6.3.11 CATR (China Academy of Telecom Research)
6.3.12 CGC (Communications Global Certification)
6.3.13 Comba Telecom Systems Holdings
6.3.14 Comprion
6.3.15 Freescale Semiconductor
6.3.16 HiSilicon Technologies Corporation
6.3.17 ITRI (Industrial Technology Research Institute)
6.3.18 Innofidei Corporation
6.3.19 Intel
6.3.20 JDSU
6.3.21 Lime Microsystems
6.3.22 Marvell Technology Group
6.3.23 Maxim Integrated
6.3.24 MediaTek
6.3.25 MOBI Antenna Technologies (Shenzhen) Company
6.3.26 Multi-Micro (Fujian) Electronic Tech Company
6.3.27 Nvidia Corporation
6.3.28 Qualcomm
6.3.29 Qorvo
6.3.30 RadiSys Corporation
6.3.31 Rohde & Schwarz
6.3.32 Sequans Communications
6.3.33 Skyworks Solutions
6.3.34 Spreadtrum Communications
6.3.35 Tata Elxsi
6.3.36 TDK Corporation
6.3.37 TTA (Telecommunications Technology Association)
6.3.38 Tongyu Communication
6.3.39 Xi’an Sunnada Haitian Antenna Company

7 Chapter 7: Market Analysis & Forecasts
7.1 LTE Infrastructure Shipments & Revenue
7.1.1 TDD vs. FDD RAN Segmentation
7.1.2 Macrocell vs. Small Cell RAN Submarket Segmentation
7.1.3 Regional Segmentation
7.2 LTE RAN Infrastructure Shipments & Revenue
7.2.1 LTE Macrocell RAN Infrastructure Shipments & Revenue
7.2.2 LTE Small Cell RAN Infrastructure Shipments & Revenue
7.3 EPC Infrastructure Revenue
7.4 TD-LTE RAN Infrastructure Shipments & Revenue
7.4.1 Macrocell vs. Small Cell RAN Submarket Segmentation
7.4.2 TD-LTE Macrocell RAN Infrastructure Shipments & Revenue
7.4.3 TD-LTE Small Cell RAN Infrastructure Shipments & Revenue
7.5 LTE FDD RAN Infrastructure Shipments & Revenue
7.5.1 Macrocell vs. Small Cell RAN Submarket Segmentation
7.5.2 LTE FDD Macrocell RAN Infrastructure Shipments & Revenue
7.5.3 LTE FDD Small Cell RAN Infrastructure Shipments & Revenue
7.6 LTE Device Shipments & Revenue
7.6.1 TDD vs. FDD Segmentation
7.6.2 Regional Segmentation
7.6.3 Segmentation by Form Factor
7.6.4 Embedded Cards
7.6.5 Consumer Gadgets
7.6.6 Netbooks
7.6.7 PCs
7.6.8 Routers
7.6.9 Smartphones
7.6.10 Tablets
7.6.11 USB Dongles
7.7 TD-LTE Device Shipments & Revenue
7.7.1 Regional Segmentation
7.7.2 Segmentation by Form Factor
7.8 LTE FDD Device Shipments & Revenue
7.8.1 Regional Segmentation
7.8.2 Segmentation by Form Factor
7.9 LTE Subscriptions & Service Revenue
7.9.1 TDD vs. FDD Segmentation
7.9.2 Regional Segmentation
7.9.3 Top 20 Countries
7.9.3.1 China
7.9.3.2 USA
7.9.3.3 Japan
7.9.3.4 India
7.9.3.5 Korea
7.9.3.6 Germany
7.9.3.7 UK
7.9.3.8 Indonesia
7.9.3.9 Brazil
7.9.3.10 Italy
7.9.3.11 Russia
7.9.3.12 Spain
7.9.3.13 Saudi Arabia
7.9.3.14 Mexico
7.9.3.15 France
7.9.3.16 Poland
7.9.3.17 Malaysia
7.9.3.18 Australia
7.9.3.19 Philippines
7.9.3.20 Canada
7.10 TD-LTE Subscriptions & Service Revenue
7.10.1 TD-LTE Subscriptions
7.10.2 TD-LTE Service Revenue
7.10.3 TD-LTE ARPU
7.11 LTE FDD Subscriptions & Service Revenue
7.11.1 LTE FDD Subscriptions
7.11.2 LTE FDD Service Revenue
7.11.3 LTE FDD ARPU
7.12 Asia Pacific
7.12.1 LTE Infrastructure Revenue
7.12.2 EPC Infrastructure Revenue
7.12.3 LTE Macrocell RAN Infrastructure Shipments & Revenue
7.12.4 LTE Small Cell RAN Infrastructure Shipments & Revenue
7.12.5 TD-LTE Macrocell RAN Infrastructure Shipments & Revenue
7.12.6 TD-LTE Small Cell RAN Infrastructure Shipments & Revenue
7.12.7 LTE FDD Macrocell RAN Infrastructure Shipments & Revenue
7.12.8 LTE FDD Small Cell RAN Infrastructure Shipments & Revenue
7.12.9 LTE Device Shipments & Revenue
7.12.10 TD-LTE Device Shipments & Revenue
7.12.11 LTE FDD Device Shipments & Revenue
7.12.12 LTE Subscriptions
7.12.13 LTE Service Revenue
7.12.14 LTE ARPU
7.13 Eastern Europe
7.13.1 LTE Infrastructure Revenue
7.13.2 EPC Infrastructure Revenue
7.13.3 LTE Macrocell RAN Infrastructure Shipments & Revenue
7.13.4 LTE Small Cell RAN Infrastructure Shipments & Revenue
7.13.5 TD-LTE Macrocell RAN Infrastructure Shipments & Revenue
7.13.6 TD-LTE Small Cell RAN Infrastructure Shipments & Revenue
7.13.7 LTE FDD Macrocell RAN Infrastructure Shipments & Revenue
7.13.8 LTE FDD Small Cell RAN Infrastructure Shipments & Revenue
7.13.9 LTE Device Shipments & Revenue
7.13.10 TD-LTE Device Shipments & Revenue
7.13.11 LTE FDD Device Shipments & Revenue
7.13.12 LTE Subscriptions
7.13.13 LTE Service Revenue
7.13.14 LTE ARPU
7.14 Latin & Central America
7.14.1 LTE Infrastructure Revenue
7.14.2 EPC Infrastructure Revenue
7.14.3 LTE Macrocell RAN Infrastructure Shipments & Revenue
7.14.4 LTE Small Cell RAN Infrastructure Shipments & Revenue
7.14.5 TD-LTE Macrocell RAN Infrastructure Shipments & Revenue
7.14.6 TD-LTE Small Cell RAN Infrastructure Shipments & Revenue
7.14.7 LTE FDD Macrocell RAN Infrastructure Shipments & Revenue
7.14.8 LTE FDD Small Cell RAN Infrastructure Shipments & Revenue
7.14.9 LTE Device Shipments & Revenue
7.14.10 TD-LTE Device Shipments & Revenue
7.14.11 LTE FDD Device Shipments & Revenue
7.14.12 LTE Subscriptions
7.14.13 LTE Service Revenue
7.14.14 LTE ARPU
7.15 Middle East & Africa
7.15.1 LTE Infrastructure Revenue
7.15.2 EPC Infrastructure Revenue
7.15.3 LTE Macrocell RAN Infrastructure Shipments & Revenue
7.15.4 LTE Small Cell RAN Infrastructure Shipments & Revenue
7.15.5 TD-LTE Macrocell RAN Infrastructure Shipments & Revenue
7.15.6 TD-LTE Small Cell RAN Infrastructure Shipments & Revenue
7.15.7 LTE FDD Macrocell RAN Infrastructure Shipments & Revenue
7.15.8 LTE FDD Small Cell RAN Infrastructure Shipments & Revenue
7.15.9 LTE Device Shipments & Revenue
7.15.10 TD-LTE Device Shipments & Revenue
7.15.11 LTE FDD Device Shipments & Revenue
7.15.12 LTE Subscriptions
7.15.13 LTE Service Revenue
7.15.14 LTE ARPU
7.16 North America
7.16.1 LTE Infrastructure Revenue
7.16.2 EPC Infrastructure Revenue
7.16.3 LTE Macrocell RAN Infrastructure Shipments & Revenue
7.16.4 LTE Small Cell RAN Infrastructure Shipments & Revenue
7.16.5 TD-LTE Macrocell RAN Infrastructure Shipments & Revenue
7.16.6 TD-LTE Small Cell RAN Infrastructure Shipments & Revenue
7.16.7 LTE FDD Macrocell RAN Infrastructure Shipments & Revenue
7.16.8 LTE FDD Small Cell RAN Infrastructure Shipments & Revenue
7.16.9 LTE Device Shipments & Revenue
7.16.10 TD-LTE Device Shipments & Revenue
7.16.11 LTE FDD Device Shipments & Revenue
7.16.12 LTE Subscriptions
7.16.13 LTE Service Revenue
7.16.14 LTE ARPU
7.17 Western Europe
7.17.1 LTE Infrastructure Revenue
7.17.2 EPC Infrastructure Revenue
7.17.3 LTE Macrocell RAN Infrastructure Shipments & Revenue
7.17.4 LTE Small Cell RAN Infrastructure Shipments & Revenue
7.17.5 TD-LTE Macrocell RAN Infrastructure Shipments & Revenue
7.17.6 TD-LTE Small Cell RAN Infrastructure Shipments & Revenue
7.17.7 LTE FDD Macrocell RAN Infrastructure Shipments & Revenue
7.17.8 LTE FDD Small Cell RAN Infrastructure Shipments & Revenue
7.17.9 LTE Device Shipments & Revenue
7.17.10 TD-LTE Device Shipments & Revenue
7.17.11 LTE FDD Device Shipments & Revenue
7.17.12 LTE Subscriptions
7.17.13 LTE Service Revenue
7.17.14 LTE ARPU

8 Chapter 8: Conclusion & Strategic Recommendations
8.1 Driving Opportunities for New Frequency Bands: 3.5 GHz TD-LTE Case Study
8.2 Opportunities in the Fixed Broadband and WiMAX Market
8.3 WiMAX Forum Endorses TD-LTE
8.4 TD-LTE Spectrum: Optimal for Capacity Demands & Small Cells
8.5 Impact of Differing Migration Paths
8.6 Unified LTE Standards: The Foundation for TD-LTE Global Scale Economies
8.7 Capitalizing on Tight Interworking between TDD and FDD: Sprint Spark Case Study
8.8 Strategic Recommendations
8.8.1 Recommendations for Operators
8.8.2 Recommendations for Infrastructure Vendors
8.8.3 Recommendations for Device Vendors

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