With over 3.7 million global subscriptions in Q32011 spanning over 36 worldwide networks, LTE network deployments are rapidly gaining momentum. With four commercial network launches in Saudi Arabia (Zain Saudi, STC, Mobily) and the UAE (Etisalat) in September 2011, and over 26 LTE commitments, the Middle East has initiated a major push towards commercial LTE adoption globally, besides pioneering in the commercial release of TD-LTE user devices. By Q4 2011, it is expected that there will be over 6.6 million LTE subscriptions worldwide, with the Middle East region accounting for a 1.7 % market share with over 0.11 Million subscriptions. Subscriptions in the Africa region are also likely to follow suit, with early commercial launches in South Africa (Vodacom, MTN) expected before Q22012 taking African LTE subscriptions to 0.35 Million by Q42012. By 2015, it is estimated that the Middle East will account for 7.49 Million LTE subscriptions, while Africa will account for 11.15 Million subscriptions, representing global market shares of 1.8 % and 2.7 % respectively. While LTE is gaining a much quicker uptake than initial analyst predictions, there still exist a number of unanswered questions to the commercial success of LTE deployments in the Middle East and Africa such as the complexities in pricing plans, the lack of the sub-1GHz spectrum in the Middle East, regulatory issues, as well as interoperability between devices operating in different frequency bands.
Covering over 16 regional markets and 30 major operators from the Middle East and Africa region, this report and its associated database provide answers these complex questions by providing a detailed assessment of the critical aspects the Middle Eastern and African LTE market, which include commercial LTE, trial and pilot deployments, operator commitments, LTE pricing strategies, regional operator reviews, regional regulatory and spectrum strategies, present LTE subscriptions, and forecasts by country and spectrum from Q42011 till Q42015. The report begins by providing a comprehensive assessment of LTE technology from both technical and market perspectives. Firstly presented is a technical assessment including performance metrics, integration with presently deployment 2G, 3G and 3.5 G networks, and the evolution to LTE Advanced, the next generation of LTE technology.
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Table Of Content
Chapter 1 Introduction
1.2 Executive Summary
Chapter 2 Section 1: India and Asia Historical Regional Trends
2.1 Historical Market Size and Share for Asia and India
2.2 Asia and India Shipment : 2011 Quarter 1-3
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Chapter 3 Section 2: India Trends
3.1 Trends in Handset Shipment to India
Chapter 4 Section 3: India Trends by Vendor
4.1 Historical Trends by Vendor
4.2 2011 Quarters 1-3 Shipment to India
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