Report: Mobile broadband devices will top 100M this year

Wireless analysts are burning up the batteries in their calculators to come up with mobile broadband and LTE device projections. Strategy Analytics today released its new mobile broadband market outlook report and found that sales of new devices with integrated mobile broadband connectivity, along with external USB modems, will top 100 million in 2010 and grow to 200 million modem sales by 2014. Of those, the company says that 42 percent will be LTE modems.

This comes on the heels of WiseHarbor Research's report released yesterday that predicted it will be 2016, or five years after the first LTE devices (USB dongles, aircards, etc.) make their debut, before LTE accounts for more than 25 percent of mobile broadband device sales.

Susan Welsh de Grimaldo, director of mobile broadband opportunities at Strategy Analytics, said that the drivers behind the growth are the carriers' aggressive promotion of mobile broadband devices, such as embedded notebooks, netbooks, e-readers, tablets and even M2M devices such as smart meters.

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- see this press release

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