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Global 4G Handset Trends Industry

  • January 2014
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  • Global Industry Analysts
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  • 29 pages

Global 4G devices market is expected to witness a substantial increase in subscriber base as end-users shift from 3G to 4G services. The expanding consumer base and gradual replacement of 3G handsets by LTE-capable handsets are likely to drive the market during 2013-2014. 4G technology represents the fourth generation of mobile communication. As a successor of the 3G standards, the 4G system is expected to revolutionize mobile wireless communication through ultra-broadband Internet access to mobile devices including smartphones and laptops.

The report analyzes and presents an overview of 4G Handsets market worldwide. The report in addition provides global market estimates and projections for 4G Handsets in US dollars and units for years 2012 through 2017. Supported with 6 market data tables, the report highlights the ever increasing permanence of 4G Handsets all over the world. The report also discusses about the corporate developments including the takeover of Nokia by Microsoft, T-Mobile USA by AT&T, Samsung’s partnership with Reliance, and Google’s agreement with Motorola Mobility Holdings among others. Furthermore, the report gives a brief idea about the product launches and technology innovations involving a bunch of key players in the market. In addition, 32 companies operating in the 4G Handsets arena worldwide including Apple, ASUSTeK Computer, BlackBerry, HTC Corporation, LG Electronics, Nokia, Samsung Electronics, Sony Corporation, ZTE Corporation and others are profiled.

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Global 4G Handset Trends Industry


Peek Preview of 4G Technology

Key Standards Defining 4G Technology

Existing 4G Technologies Supporting 4G-enabled Handsets

Mobile Handset Market Exhibits Continuous Evolution

4G Handsets Dominate Global 4G Devices Market

Table 1: Global 4G Devices Market (2012): Percentage Share Breakdown of Volume Sales by Device Type

Table 2: Global 4G Handset Shipments (2012-2017) in Million Units


Tracing the Technology's Evolution and Progress

Global Sales of 4G LTE Handsets Gain Momentum

Table 3: Global 4G Handset Sales (2012-2017) in US$ Million

Table 4: Global 4G Subscribers (2012-2017) in Million

Competitive Scenario

Table 5: Leading Smartphone 4G Manufacturers (OEMs) Worldwide - Market Shares by Company (2012): Percentage Share Breakdown for HTC, Samsung, Motorola, LG, and others

LG Discloses Aggressive Plans to Tap 4G LTE Smartphones Market


The United States

Use of 4G-Enabled Android Phones Increases

LTE to Gradually Replace HSPA+ Technology

Large Screen Smartphones Witness Increase in Sales

Popular 4G Handset Released in the US in 2011

The United Kingdom



4G Handsets by Manufacturers in India


Table 6: Leading Chinese 4G Brands (2013(E)): Percentage Market Share Breakdown by Value Sales for Lenovo, ZTE, Huawei, Coolpad, Domestic Brands, and Foreign Brands


Nokia to Transfer Devices and Services Business to Microsoft

Samsung Forms Partnership with Reliance to Introduce 4G Handsets in India

ZTE and Qtel Group Ink Strategic Partnership Agreement

ATandT Acquires T-Mobile USA

Google Inks Definitive Agreement with Motorola Mobility Holdings

OpenET Alliance Introduces New API Standard in UK

Sprint Inks New Wholesale Agreement with Clearwire

Western States Contracting Alliance and Sprint Extend Contract


Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile to Introduce Smartphones on Sprint LTE Network

China Mobile to Launch 4G Handsets in Shanghai

Huawei Unveils Fastest 4G Smartphone

LG to Introduce Optimus F5 and Optimus F7 Handsets

T-Mobile to Introduce 4G Handsets in US

U.S. Cellular Introduces Samsung Galaxy Noteâ„¢ 10.1

Apple Launches iPhone 5 in UK

Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile Introduce 4G WiMAX Phones on Sprint's Network

Everything Everywhere Introduces 4G Network in UK

Everything Everywhere Announces Extended Lineup of 4G Handsets in UK

HTC Introduces HTC Velocity in Germany

Motorola Unveils Motorola 4G Atrix 2 in India

Optus Introduces 4G Services in Australia

Reliance Industries to Introduce 4G Handsets in India

StarHub to Launch 4G Network in Singapore

TeliaSonera Introduces Samsung Galaxy S II LTE in Sweden

Telstra Launches 4G-enabled Handsets in Australia

ZTE to Introduce TD-LTE Phone in China

ATandT Launches Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and HTC Vivid 4G Devices

ATandT to Roll Out 4G LTE Network and 4G Mobile Handsets

HTC Launches New 4G Mobile Phones

LG Electronics Rolls Out Optimus LTE Mobile Set

Motorola and Sprint to Roll Out MB855 Photon 4G Handset

Samsung and MetroPCS Launch Samsung Galaxy Indulge 4G Mobile Phone

Sprint Launches Nexus S 4G Mobile Handset

T-Mobile Extends 4G Mobile Handset Family

Verizon Wireless Introduces New 4G LTE Handsets

Verizon Wireless Introduces Motorola 4G Mobile Devices

Verizon Wireless to Introduce New 4G Android Mobile Handsets

ZTE to Launch New 4G Mobile Handsets

Clearwire to Roll Out WiMax Handsets

HTC Launches HTC Smart Mobile Phone in India

HTC Unveils HTC Evo 4G Mobile Phone in the US

Samsung Introduces Samsung Epic 4G Handset

Samsung Telecommunication America Introduces Samsung SCH-r900


Apple, Inc. (USA)

ASUSTeK Computer, Inc. (Taiwan)

BlackBerry (Canada)

Coolpad Technologies, Inc. (USA)

Dell, Inc. (USA)

Fujitsu Ltd. (Japan)

Getac, Inc. (USA)

Google, Inc. (USA)

Hewlett-Packard Development Company LP (USA)

HTC Corporation (Taiwan)

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (Japan)

Huawei Device Co., Ltd. (China)

Kyocera Corporation (Japan)

Kyocera Communications, Inc. (USA)

Lenovo Group Ltd. (Hong Kong)

LG Electronics, Inc. (Korea)

Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. (USA)

Nokia Corporation (Finland)

Pantech Co., Ltd. (Korea)

Pantech USA (USA)

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (South Korea)

Sharp Corporation (Japan)

Sony Corporation (Japan)

Sony Mobile Communications AB (Sweden)

TCL Communication (Hong Kong)

Telstra Corporation Ltd. (Australia)

T-Mobile USA, Inc. (USA)

Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. (USA)

Verizon Communications, Inc. (USA)

ViewSonic Corporation (USA)

ZTE Corporation (China)



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