Infonetics Research: W-CDMA driving worldwide smartphone market

Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its 2nd quarter 2013 (2Q13) 3G and 4G Mobile Broadband Devices and Subscribers market share, size, and forecasts report.

The comprehensive report tracks over 50 mobile broadband market segments and sub-segments, including smartphones, operating systems (OS), routers, cards, USBs, embedded devices (such as tablets) and subscribers, all by the type of network they connect to, including Long Term Evolution (LTE), W-CDMA/HSPA, and other networks.

"Despite the noise surrounding LTE handsets, W-CDMA remained the biggest driver in the smartphone market in the second quarter in terms of shipments and revenue, though W-CDMA revenue was down slightly sequentially as a result of declining ARPU," notes Richard Webb, Infonetics Research’s directing analyst for microwave and carrier WiFi.

"Lower-cost, entry-level devices based in W-CDMA in particular are growing in popularity, driven by a determined push by Chinese OEMs keen to establish a bigger market share," Webb continues. "Also, a bigger push from leading OEMs Apple and Samsung in China and Brazil continues to drive smartphone unit growth."


  • Globally, smartphone revenue totaled $74 billion in 2Q13, down 5% from 1Q13
  • FDD-LTE devices are now the second largest smartphone segment and are expected to overtake W-CDMA in just a few years
  • Sales of mobile broadband embedded tablets rose 10% sequentially in 2Q13
  • Consumer demand for 3G USB mobile broadband cards is softening in developed countries, where embedded device penetration is rising
  • Enterprise demand for 3G USBs remains healthy as businesses increasingly seek to mobilize their workforces without relying on WiFi availability
  • Samsung retained its lead in smartphone revenue market share in 2Q13, owing to a record number of smartphone shipments (74 million units) coupled with a dip in iPhone5 sales

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Infonetics’ quarterly mobile broadband report provides worldwide and regional market size, vendor market share, forecasts through 2017, analysis, and trends for smartphones, smartphone OS (Android, Blackberry, iPhone, Linux, Palm, Symbian, Windows Mobile, other), netbook OS (Linux, Mac, Windows, other), tablet OS (Android, iOS, Windows, other), USBs, cards, mobile broadband routers, embedded devices (PCs, netbooks, tablets, mobile internet devices), and subscribers. Companies tracked: Acer, Amazon, Apple, Dell, HTC, Huawei, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Novatel Wireless, Qualcomm, RIM, Samsung, Sierra Wireless, Sony, ZTE, and others. To buy the report, contact


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  • Mobile operators reveal plans to monetize WiFi

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  • M2M Connections and Services by Vertical (Sept.)
  • Millimeter Wave Equipment (Oct.)
  • 2G, 3G, 4G Mobile Infrastructure and Subscribers in Japan & China (Oct.)
  • Macrocell Mobile Backhaul Equipment and Services (Oct.)
  • Residential Femtocell Service Strategies and Vendor Leadership Survey (Oct.)
  • Carrier WiFi Equipment (Nov.)
  • Microwave Equipment – 3Q13 Edition (Nov.)
  • Worldwide M2M Service Provider Leadership Scorecard (Dec.)

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