The Global Long-term Evolution Test Equipment Market

  • September 2013
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  • Frost & Sullivan
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  • 83 pages

Smartphone Adoption Drives Demand for LTE Test Equipment, Resulting in High Growth Opportunities

The number of long-term evolution (LTE) deployments in 2012 demonstrated that LTE technology has become the wireless technology of choice for global wireless operators This study analyzes the key market trends, drivers, and restraints in the global LTE test equipment market It provides an overview of the market’s competitive landscape and outlines the product portfolios of market participants A revenue forecast is given for 2012 to 2019 A segment analysis covers test equipment for the following segments: research and development, manufacturing, installation and maintenance, and monitoring Regions considered include North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of World The base year is 2012, and the forecast period is 2013 to 2019

Key Findings

• In 2012, the total global long-term evolution (LTE) test equipment market experienced growth X% over 2011 and generated revenue of $X million The market is likely to generate $X million by the end of 2019, with a compound annual growth rate of X% from 2012 to 2019
• Growth and evolution in the LTE test equipment market are influenced by developments in the wireless communications industry Increased mobility and the ability to access the Internet and download videos at faster rates as well as to run data-hungry applications through mobile devices are expected to continue driving demand for LTE test equipment solutions
• Rapid deployments of smart devices, increased mobile data use, the complex nature of LTE network deployments, and difficulty in meeting consumer needs are expected to continue driving demand in the LTE test equipment market
• Wireless technology is more complex than wireline technology, and wireless networks are prone to considerably more impairments than fixed networks Due to the overall complexity of LTE technology with multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) standards, carrier aggregation (CA), an increasing need for scalability, and Voice over LTE (VoLTE), the need for test equipment is expected to increase
• The LTE test equipment market relies heavily on the wireless telecommunications industry, which consists of service providers (SPs), network equipment manufacturers (NEMs), and handset manufacturers Ultimately, market sustainability depends on the ability of SPs to cater to consumer expectations
• With growing demand for faster data speeds, LTE networks must ensure proper interoperability and mobility; they must also meet high quality of service (QoS) and quality of experience (QoE) levels Hence, proper testing with LTE test equipment is required
• Currently, the market today is heavily centered in North America, while Europe and Asia-Pacific (APAC) have yet to make major gains In APAC, China and India have of the world’s largest mobile subscription bases and both have only started adopting LTE, which shows that significant opportunities are opening up in the region

Market Overview

• In 2012, the number of LTE deployments demonstrated that this technology had become the wireless technology of choice for global wireless operators
• As of February 2013, more than X commercial networks had been launched in over X countries
• By the end of 2012, the number of LTE devices on the market had more than doubled from X to X, and, as of November 2012, X suppliers were producing devices
• The emergence of highly technical and complex LTE technologies has created a large number of opportunities for test equipment vendors The focus of this study is to discuss and analyze the various types of test equipment and technologies that are likely to advance growth in the LTE test equipment market

The global LTE test equipment market in this study is divided into the following segments:
• Research and development (R&D)
• Manufacturing
• Installation and maintenance (I&M)
• Monitoring

Segmentation by geographic region is as follows:
• North America: The United States and Canada
• Europe: Belgium, France, Denmark, Scandinavia, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland, Russia, and Ukraine
• Asia-Pacific (APAC): Greater China (China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan), Japan, South Korea, India, ASEAN* countries (Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, The Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam), Australia, and New Zealand
• Rest of World (ROW): Countries in Latin America (including those in the Caribbean Islands), the Middle East, and Africa

Companies included in this study are as follows:
• Tier I companies covered in this research service include Rohde & Schwarz, Anritsu, and Agilent Technologies
• Tier II vendors consist of Spirent Communications, Aeroflex, Anite, Ixia, and JDSU
• Other companies include Accanto Systems/Netscout; Accedian Networks; Actix; Aircom International; Albedo Telecom; Artiza Networks; Astellia; AT4 Wireless; Azimuth Systems; Benetel; Berkley Varitronics Systems; BridgeWave; Bureau Veritas (7Layers); Carrier IQ; CommScope; Consultix; DingLi Communications; Communications Components Inc (CCI); ERCOM; Dyaptive; Empirix; Fluke Networks; Gulfstream Instrument Technologies Ltd; Hermon Labratories; Jot Automation; Kaelus; Keithley Instruments; LitePoint; mimoONm Metricell Limited; Nash Technologies; National Instruments; PCTEL; Sanjole; Shenick; Signalion (National Instruments); SwissQuail (Rohde & Schwarz); Sunrise Telecom; Radcom; Tower Cloud; Tekelek; TestPlant Europe Ltd ; QoSmoTec; Polaris Networks; Polystar; Prisma Engineering; S3 Group; Schema; Xceed; Rising Technology; Yokogawa; VeEx; and Zhongchuang Telecom Test Co , Ltd ; ZK Celltest; and GL Communications

Market Definitions

R&D
• The R&D test equipment market segment includes radiofrequency (RF) generators, RF analyzers, load/functional testers, and protocol analyzers used in research laboratories during a pre-deployment stage
• Conformance or certification testers are also included Such solutions are used to test protocol implementation and check if equipment conforms to standards
• Interoperability testers are used during the R&D stage of a product’s lifecycle They are used to verify if equipment works the way it is supposed to; they also check equipment performance in a network with different network equipment from various vendors
• RF conformance testers are also included in the scope of the study The main function of such equipment is to verify if a radio implementation or physical layer implementation conforms with standard requirements
• Base station test equipment encompasses the feature and functional testers as well as the protocol conformance testers that are used during the R&D stage of a product’s lifecycle Such equipment usually includes an antenna tester and a spectrum analyzer, which is often a global positioning system (GPS) receiver

Manufacturing
• The test equipment covered in this section of the study includes the systems used to test mobile user equipment and services These devices include bench-top as well as single-box testing systems that are used to evaluate the performance, protocol, and capability of cellular access devices, such as cell phones and smartphones, as well as connected devices, such as laptops, netbooks, notebooks, tablets, and wireless-enabled personal digital assistants (PDAs)
• One-box testers constitute a sub-segment within the manufacturing segment, and the testers in this sub-segment are simple performance protocol testing solutions For example, the Agilent 8960 offers performance testing

I&M
• I&M test equipment primarily comprises RF handheld instruments for troubleshooting and equipment for the maintenance of wireless base stations and repeaters Access networks, air interfaces, base station testers, drive tests, and network performance test equipment are included in this segment

Monitoring
• The network monitoring systems covered in this segment include both probe-based and software-based solutions that deliver end-to-end QoS and QoE visibility, and real-time Internet Protocol (IP) service monitoring and verification
• Monitoring protocol analyzers as well as active and passive monitoring systems are also included

Table Of Contents

Contents

Executive Summary
Market Overview
Total LTE Test Equipment Market
• Drivers and Restraints
• Forecasts and Trends
• Market Share and Competitive Analysis
• Product Portfolio Overview
• Segment Analysis
• Regional Analysis
The Last Word
The Frost and Sullivan Story

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