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Analysis of the Latin American LTE Test Equipment Market : Spectrum Frequency Auctions and Quality Optimization Drive Growth

  • April 2015
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  • Frost & Sullivan
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  • 116 pages


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Key Findings

•LTE in Latin America is still in an embryonic phase of its deployment compared to other developed regions.
•In 2014, LTE subscriptions in Latin America represented x % of total mobile subscriptions in the region, whereas LTE in North America and Western Europe represented x % and x %, respectively.
•A total of x LTE networks were deployed in x countries across Latin America in 2014. In most cases, at least x % of mobile operators covered its client base population.
•LTE mobile subscriptions totaled x million in Latin America in 2014. LTE mobile connections are estimated to number about x million in the region by the end of 2018.
•At least x LTE launch commitments in x countries are expected in 2015. More than x operators in x countries are committed in an LTE trial for the next x years.
•The total LTE test equipment market reached $ x million in 2014, and the installation and maintenance (I&M) and monitoring segments reached almost $ x million in 2014.
•Rohde & Schwarz, Anite, Ascom, JDSU, and Anritsu are the top x participants for the total LTE test equipment market.
•The LTE test equipment market grew 7.4% in the base year, 2014, compared to previous year. Frost & Sullivan foresees a sustained growth in the LTE test equipment market, picking up to a 13.2% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over the forecast period of 2015–2019.
•The manufacturing test equipment market held the largest market share at 53.8%, followed by I&M, monitoring, and research and development (R&D).
•The 3 biggest countries for the Latin American LTE test equipment market are Mexico, Brazil, and Colombia with market share of 24.7%, 18.3%, and 17.8%, respectively . Business opportunities are increasing in Chile and Peru.
•Argentina and Venezuela are potential candidates to experience notable total market growth. Central America and the Caribbean are behind the rest of Latin America in both number of LTE mobile subscriptions and the rate of growth.
•Renting options for short-term projects are increasing opportunities for test equipment vendors in countries such as Mexico, Colombia, Chile, and those within Central America.
•The benchmarking quality programs required by local regulators and optimization solutions to support multi-technology networks in diverse frequency bands are becoming key requirements.

CEO’s Perspective

A number of strategic commercial plans are expected to introduce the first voice-over LTE (VoLTE) networks in 2016.
Major growth opportunities are coming from monitoring and benchmarking tools across the Latin American region.
Local regulators are demanding carriers with greater focus on optimization and measurement of network quality in certain countries such as Mexico, Peru, and Chile.
Leading testing companies have demonstrated an understanding of regional market needs, wherein conducting short-term projects through renting options is required.
A number of LTE deployments in the 700 MHz band are expected to increase, with a focus on rural and dense urban areas in 2015.

Scope of Study

•The focus of this study is to discuss and analyze the various types of test equipment and technologies likely to drive LTE test equipment market growth across Latin America.
•This study covers the major countries of Latin America: Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela, Ecuador, Uruguay, Bolivia, Central America, and Caribbean countries.
•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.

Market Definitions

The market is primarily broken down into the following 4 segments:
•Research and Development (R&D): The R&D test equipment market segment includes radio frequency (RF) generators, RF analyzers, load/functional testers, and protocol analyzers used in research laboratories during the pre-deployment stage.
•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).
•Installation and Maintenance (I&M): The test equipment included in this segment 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.

Key Questions This Study Will Answer

Is the market growing, how long will it continue to grow, and at what rate?
Which of the LTE test equipment market segments are presenting major growth opportunities?
What are the latest key technological trends present in the LTE test equipment market? What impact do these trends have on the industry?
Are the products/services offered today meeting customer needs or is additional development needed?
What future deployments are planned for LTE in the Latin American market by country?
Which countries in Latin America are presenting major growth opportunities for LTE test equipment?

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