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Over 1/3 of New Base Stations Deployed From 2011 to 2014 Will Be in China, India, or the US, Says In-Stat

March 29, 2011 - SCOTTSDALE, AZ

Mobile phone usage is changing and becoming richer with applications. The movement from 2G to 3G is helping to facilitate texting and web-browsing. Now, video-intensive applications are being accessed by mobile phones, which is adding to the pressure on mobile networks globally. As a result, the number of macro base stations deployed will increase to over 6 million by 2014, says In-Stat (

"The amount of infrastructure spending in China, India, and the US is mind boggling," says Chris Kissel, Industry Analyst. "Over 1/3 of new base stations deployed from 2011 to 2014 will be in China, India, or the US, resulting in a substantial shift in the structure of the industry. Clearly, CAPEX spending will move industry leadership from Western Europe to wireless's new Big Three, comprised of China, India and the US."

Although the surge in cellular infrastructure spending is global, there are regional and even local differences as to which technology is being employed and supported. This factor has been instrumental in the development of the largest trend in macro base stations, which is the ability to facilitate multiple airlinks. Major mobile operators are making networking upgrades at sites using the same racks and wiring, in addition to enabling software-defined radio (SDR) base stations in order to create an environment where mobile operators can upgrade their networks as needed.

Recent research found the following:

  • Asia/Pacific region spent over US$22 billion in each of the three years from 2008 through 2010.
  • In Canada, new base stations grew 30% in 2009 and another 22% year-over-year in 2010.
  • In the Philippines, there are roughly 1,500 active base stations supporting 802.16e WiMAX.
  • France will deploy nearly 7 thousand LTE base stations in 2014.
  • Nigeria will deploy almost 5 thousand GSM GPRS & EDGE/EDGE+ base stations in 2011.

New In-Stat research, Macro Base Station Deployments by Technology and 23 Countries, 2010-2014 (#IN1105066GW) provides an in-depth look at the deployment of macro base stations and focuses on base station deployments in 23 key countries by technology.

  • The technologies covered: CDMA2000 and CDMAOne, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rel 0+, GSM GPRS and EDGE/EDGE+, WCDMA/HSPA/HSPA+, LTE, TD-SCDMA, and WiMAX
  • The 23 countries covered: Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Ukraine, and the United States

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