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Global 2G, 3G and 4G Cellular Network Subscription Trends Industry

  • January 2014
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  • Global Industry Analysts
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  • 19 pages

Mobile communications systems witnessed a natural evolution from data-centered 2G networks to the powerful, high-speed 4G systems. The second generation (2G) of mobile communication systems marked the shift from voice to data-centered technology. The launch of 3G technology redefined the Internet experience. The latest 4G network is an IP-based integrated system that is highly regarded for its ability to provide excellent quality, security and data speed.

The report analyzes and presents an overview of 2G, 3G, and 4G Cellular Network Subscriptions market worldwide. The report in addition provides global subscriber estimates and projections for 2G, 3G, and 4G Technology in units for years 2012 through 2017. Supported with 3 market data tables, the report provides a review of various mobile network technologies, and market trends. The report also highlights on various strategic industry activities of major companies witnessed by the industry over the last few years. In addition, 104 companies worldwide including AT&T, Bharti Airtel, China Mobile, NTT DOCOMO, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and others are profiled.

Table Of Contents

Global 2G, 3G and 4G Cellular Network Subscription Trends Industry


Mobile Communication Systems - Evolution

IPv6: Advanced Architecture for 3G Systems


First Generation Networks (1G)

Second Generation Networks (2G)

Third Generation Networks (3G)

Table 1: Global 3G Mobile Broadband Market (2014P): Percentage Share Breakdown of Number of Subscriptions by Technology

A Sneak Peek at Broadband Wireless Technologies

Value Chain in 3G

Fourth Generation Networks (4G)


Table 2: Global 2G, 3G and 4G Cellular Network Subscriptions (2012-2017) in Million

Recession and Beyond

Table 3: Global Percentage Share Breakdown of Number of Mobile Subscriptions by Region for the year 2012

Revenue Generation in Mobile Industry to Improve Global GDP

Adoption of 4G LTE Network to Witness Substantial Increase in Asian Countries


ATandT to Take Over Wireless Retail Assets of Alltel

BH Telecom Chooses Nokia Siemens Network for 3G Deployment

Cisco Acquires Ubiquisys

JDS Uniphase Takes Over Arieso

T-Mobile Merges with MetroPCS

Verizon Wireless Acquires Mohave Wireless

Verizon Wireless Enters into Partnership with Ericsson

Renesas Mobile Introduces Advanced LTE Quad-Mode Modem

Sprint to Take Over PCS Spectrum of U.S. Cellular

Corning Acquires MobileAccess Networks


Key Players

ATandT, Inc. (USA)

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (India)

Bharti Airtel Ltd. (India)

BH Telecom D.D. (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

China Mobile Ltd. (China)

Deutsche Telecom AG (Germany)

Essar Telecom Kenya Ltd. (Kenya)

France Telecom-Orange (France)

Idea Cellular Ltd. (India)


Reliance Communications Ltd. (India)

Singapore Telecommunications Ltd. (Singapore)

Sprint Nextel Corporation (USA)

Telenor Group (Norway)

Telkom Kenya Ltd. (Kenya)

T-Mobile USA, Inc. (USA)

Verizon Wireless (USA)

Vodafone India Ltd. (India)

Niche Players

3 Italia (Italy)

Agri-Valley Services, Inc. (USA)

Aircel Ltd. (India)

America Móvil SAB de CV (Mexico)

Azerfon LLC (Azerbaijan)

Bahrain Telecommunications Company (Batelco) (Bahrain)

Belgacom (Belgium)

Bell Canada (Canada)

BT Group PLC (UK)

C Spire (USA)

Cell C (Pty) Ltd. (South Africa)

China Telecom Corporation (China)

China United Network Communications Group Co., Ltd. (China)

Claro (Brazil)

Clearwire Corporation (USA)


COTA- Consorcio de telecomunicaciones Avanzadas SA? (Spain)

Dialog Broadband Networks Pvt., Ltd. (Sri Lanka)

DNA Ltd. (Finland)

Elisa OYJ (Finland)

Etisalat (UAE)

Everything Everywhere Ltd. (UK)

Globe Telecom, Inc. (Philippines)

Hrvatski Telekom D.D. (Croatia)

Hutchison 3G (Hong Kong)

Intamac Systems Ltd. (UK)

KDDI Corporation (Japan)

King Street Wireless LP (USA)

Latvijas Mobilais Telefons (Latvia)

LG U+ (Korea)

LightSquared (USA)

M1 Ltd. (Singapore)

MACH (Luxembourg)

Maxis Bhd. (Malaysia)

Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (MTS) (Russia)

Mobily (Saudi Arabia)

Movistar (Telefónica) (Mexico)

MTN Uganda (Uganda)

Nawras (Sultanate of Oman)

Nokia Siemens Networks BV (The Netherlands)

Oman Telecommunications Company SAOG (Sultanate of Oman)

Omnitel (Lithuania)

Optimus Telecomunicações SA (Portugal)

PCCW Mobile HK Ltd. (Hong Kong)

Portugal Telecom (Portugal)

PTS (Sweden)

Rogers Communications, Inc. (Canada)

Rostelcom OJSC (Russia)

Royal KPN NV (The Netherlands)

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) (Saudi Arabia)

SFR (France)

Si.mobil DD (Slovenia)

SIA Bite Latvija (Latvia)

Singtel Optus Pty., Ltd. (Australia)

SK Telecom Co., Ltd. (Korea)

Smart Communications, Inc. (Philippines)

SmarTone Mobile Communications Ltd. (Hong Kong)

SoftBank Mobile Corporation (Japan)

StarHub Ltd. (Singapore)

Swisscom AG (Switzerland)

Telcel (Radiomovil Dipsa SA de CV) (Mexico)

Tele2 AB (Sweden)

Telecom Italia (Italy)

Telecom New Zealand (New Zealand)

Telefónica SA (Spain)

Telefónica UK Ltd. (UK)

Telekom Austria Group (Austria)

Telekom Slovenije D.D. (Slovenia)

TeliaSonera AB (Sweden)

Telstra Ltd. (Australia)

Telus Corporation (Canada)

Three UK (Hutchison 3G UK Ltd.) (UK)

Tikona Digital Networks Pvt., Ltd. (India)

TIM (Brazil)

U Mobile Sdn. Bhd. (Malaysia)

U.S. Cellular (USA)

UCell (Uzbekistan)

UNE EPM Telecomunicaciones SA (Colombia)

VimpelCom Ltd. (The Netherlands)

Vipnet D.O.O. (Croatia)

VIVA (Kuwait)

VIVO (Telefonica Brazil) (Brazil)

Vodafone Group PLC (UK)

Yota Russia (Russia)

Zain Bahrain (Bahrain)

Zain KSA (Saudi Arabia)


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