|[January 17, 2013]
US Mobile Operator Capital Expenditure will Grow 2.1% in 2013 in Mixed Global Market, According to ABI Research
SINGAPORE --(Business Wire)--
Worldwide mobile operator capital infrastructure expenditure in 2013
will experience opposing forces from different regional markets. "In
North America, mobile carrier CapEx will grow 2.1% to US$ 13.4 billion
as the accelerated LTE equipment spend programs from AT&T (News - Alert), Verizon
Wireless, T-Mobile, etc. concentrate spending in 2013," said Jake
Saunders, VP and practice director of core forecasting at ABI Research.
"On the other hand, in Western Europe, capital expenditure will contract
-1.1%, as maturing networks, and economic uncertainty, trim CapEx".
Asia-Pacific has its LTE (News - Alert) hotspots. Korea and Japan are rapidly acquiring
LTE subscribers; China has yet to award LTE licenses, while SE Asia
countries are starting to demonstrate some traction in LTE. India had
awarded some LTE-TDD licenses in early 2012 but a lack of affordable
LTE-TDD capable handsets, and high tariffs, has kept Indian LTE-TDD
subscriber adoptions in check.
"Eastern Europe should show reasonable growth (2.4%) in CapEx that
reflects LTE coverage build-out by carriers, but also 3G capacity
build-outs as 3G subscriber adoption has gone past 41% penetraton for
the region," commented Aditya Kaul, mobile infrastructure practice
director. Middle East, Africa, and Latin America will show some growth
in capital expenditure of around 1% to 3%. Voice-centric coverage is
largely complete in those regions. Some operators are addressing 3G
in-fill and mobile data capacity challenges but there has not been the
'data crunch' as we have seen in Developed Markets.
As a result of these countervailing fiscal commitments, worldwide
capital expenditure is expected to contract by -7% to US$ 98.6 billion
in 2013. However, the commitments to LTE from an ever-expanding list of
countries should substantially boost overall mobile carrier CapEx, by
6%, to US$ 104.5 billion in 2014.
ABI Research's (News - Alert) study, "Mobile Operator CAPEX" Market Data focuses on the
regional and global mobile operator capital expenditure which includes
base station and core network spend. It is part of ABI Research's Mobile
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