LTE device shipments expected to reach 30M in 2012

Total LTE device shipments are expected to reach 30 million units worldwide by the end of 2012, with Motorola Mobility (NYSE:MMI) making a strong showing in both data-only devices and smartphones, according to a study on the LTE device marketplace from Mind Commerce Publishing.

There were 8.2 million LTE-enabled device shipments during 2011, which accounted for revenues in excess of $2 billion, said Mind Commerce. Shipments will more than triple this year, "driven by the reduction in production lifecycle times and aggressive marketing strategies," the firm added. Most of those device shipments will head to the United States, which is expected to garner 65 percent of the market for LTE devices this year.

Mind Commerce said Motorola and Huawei will account for a combined market share of more than 50 percent in shipments of LTE PC cards, embedded devices and routers during the first quarter of 2012. During the same quarter, the firm expects Motorola, Samsung and HTC to continue leading the market for LTE-enabled smartphone shipments and revenue, with a combined market share of more than 60 percent.

So far in 1Q12, 49 mobile network operators worldwide have commercially launched LTE networks, said Mind Commerce.

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