In its its latest Total Fixed and Mobile Subscribers Pivot market size and forecast report the research firm also finds that the number of LTE subscribers is forecast to near 450 million by 2016
CALIFORNIA, USA: The number of mobile broadband subscribers jumped nearly 50 per cent in 2011 to 846 million and we expect that number to reach 2.6 billion by 2016, driven by Brazil, Russia, India, China and others in the developing world, finds research firm Infonetics Research.
In its its latest Total Fixed and Mobile Subscribers Pivot market size and forecast report the research firm also finds that the number of LTE subscribers is forecast to near 450 million by 2016.
Despite some subscriber migration to TD-LTE, WiMAX subscribers are expected to grow at a 35 per cent compound annual growth rate through 2016, when they will top 132 million.
Stéphane Téral, principal analyst, mobile infrastructure and carrier economics, Infonetics Research. "We anticipate Asia Pacific to account for over half of the world's mobile broadband subscribers by 2016, while Latin America will see the fastest growth."
Total mobile subscribers-including GSM, W-CDMA, LTE, TD-CDMA, cdmaOne, CDMA2000-are forecast by Infonetics to pass the six-billion mark in 2012, and to approach 7 billion by 2016.
In some countries, the number of mobile subscribers already surpasses the population, such as in Finland, where many people have both personal and work phones.
Infonetics expects more than 200 million traditional voice access lines to get dropped over the next the five years as people continue to 'cut the cord'.
China Mobile, Vodafone, and América Móvil are the world's top mobile operators by number of subscribers.
DSL continues to grow despite competition from cable, FTTH, and LTE, with DSL subscribers accounting for over 2/3 of all wireline broadband subscriptions in 2011.