LTE CAPEX & OPEX Strategies 2014-2018

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  • Region: Global
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Till 2012, major LTE investments were limited to a small number of operators in North America, Japan and South Korea. However, LTE investments have now started taking place in other parts of the world also and the same trend will continue over the next five years as operators across the globe are now unanimous about the potential of LTE as a preferred option to deal with the future demand of mobile data services.

As the roll out of an LTE network involves huge investments, it is posing really complex challenges for network operators. One of the major challenges for them is to prioritise the investments areas and decide the amount of capital allocation into various parts and phases of their LTE networks. Moreover, it is equally important for LTE enablers such as network infrastructure vendors and device manufacturers to properly recognise the current and future LTE market structure and offer appropriate solutions which can justify the operators' costs and revenues.

This Report endeavors to serve as a quick reference on key areas of LTE such as investment optimisation strategies, CAPEX and OPEX categorisation, various LTE deployment strategies, LTE technology trends – TDD/ FDD, developments in LTE-Advanced, and the propositions of various LTE enablers.

The Report also covers key forecasts on LTE CAPEX, growth of LTE Base Stations, Small Cells Backhaul CAPEX, Backhaul OPEX, and the uptake of LTE/ LTE-Advanced. These crucial forecasts will greatly help the various stakeholders of LTE in opportunity spotting, strategic planning and roadmapping for the next five years.

Key Questions Answered:

- What are the strategic and technological options that operators must think upon to optimise their LTE investments?
- What are the various CAPEX and OPEX categories of an LTE network?
- What are the latest technological developments in LTE and LTE-Advanced?
- What are the key investment areas to maximise the ROI on an LTE network?
- What should be your ideal deployment path for LTE?
- Who are the key LTE enablers?
- What are the LTE devices strategies of major handset vendors?
- Who are the leading LTE network infrastructure vendors?

Key Findings:

- USA, South Korea and Japan have established themselves as the early leaders in LTE. However, the developing and underdeveloped markets in Asia and Africa hold huge business potential for LTE.
- Operators across the globe are projected to spend US$180 billion in LTE CAPEX by 2018.
- 4G small cells will surpass 3G small cells in next four years. The overall small cell backhaul expenditure will be worth US$28.7 billion by 2018.
- The global subscriber base on LTE Advanced networks is projected to reach 461 million by 2018, growing at a CAGR of 158% during 2013 and 2018.
- The global LTE Advanced market will account for more than 42% of the total LTE subscriber base by 2018.

Who can benefit from this Report?

Mobile Network Operators

For the most efficient techniques to cut the capital and operational expenditure related to LTE networks, and to formulate the right LTE deployment roadmap.

Mobile Device Makers, Network Infrastructure Providers and Chipset Manufacturers

For better informed LTE product development and to gain a competitive edge into the product/ services in sync with the technological developments, end user lifestyles, and operators' challenges in meeting the market demand efficiently.

Telecom Investors

With an obvious interest in the current happenings within the LTE market globally, the Report provides an in-depth market analysis for telecom investors. The Report will help you in identifying the right choices for your investments.

Research Methodology

We took into our ambit the past few years and for this particular study we regionally explored some of the prominent mobile operators, device makers, infrastructure providers and interviewed several telecoms experts, C-level and mid-level executives.

Information Sources: Major sources include both face to face and telephonic interviews with telecom industry experts and consumers. It also includes various surveys that were conducted in different regions of the world. Other sources comprise of organisations' websites and financial reports, books, trade journals, magazines, white papers, industry portals and numerous government sources.

Forecasting Methodology: We used extensive database of macroeconomic and sector specific data to generate industry forecasts. We used Judgment based methods like the Delphi method and Extrapolation; Time series methods like Exponential smoothing, Cyclical and seasonal trends and Statistical modeling, as well as the Survey method. The initial baseline projection is computed with the most recent market data. After an initial baseline forecast, all probable future macroeconomic and industry specific occurrences and assumptions are taken into consideration to generate the final forecast.
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Chapter 1: Executive Summary

Chapter 2: Optimising LTE Investments

2.1 LTE CAPEX at an all time high
2.2 LTE Investment Priorities: Capital Allocation Strategies to Maximise RoI
2.3 Network Sharing – Substantial Savings in CAPEX & OPEX
2.3.1 How operators are monetising network sharing models?
2.3.2 Saving Estimates over a period of 5 years through network sharing
2.3.3 Active Network Sharing
2.3.4 Passive Network Sharing
2.4 How Self Organising Networks (SON) can reduce CAPEX & OPEX?
2.5 Unpaired spectrum can serve as a cost effective solution for the Operators
2.6 Leveraging Cloud Solutions to Reduce CAPEX/ OPEX
2.6.1 Samsung SmartCloud Solution

Chapter 3: CAPEX and OPEX Categorisation

3.1 MNOs' CAPEX and OPEX- Developed vs. Emerging Markets
3.2 OPEX Categorisation
3.3 LTE Base Station Deployment Cost
3.4 Core Network Deployment Cost
3.5 Small Cell Deployment Cost
3.6 Mobile Backhaul Cost

Chapter 4: Streamline Your LTE Deployment Strategies

4.1 Operators' Key LTE Requirements
4.2 What are the deployment paths for LTE?
4.3 Which is the better option for you?
4.4 Integration of FDD and TDD Networks
4.5 Network Planning for LTE-Advanced
4.5.1 SK Telecom - the world's first LTE-Advanced network
4.5.2 Key Performance Indicators: LTE vs. LTE-Advanced
4.5.3 LTE- Advanced Drivers
4.5.4 LTE-Advanced Subscriber Growth 2013-2018

Chapter 5: Road-mapping on LTE technology Trends

5.1 LTE Deployments' Current State in Key Countries (TDD/ FDD)
5.2 Regional Analysis of Spectrum Bands Available
5.3 LTE TDD Market – A New Rising Wave
5.3.1 LTE TDD Market Overview
5.4 LTE TDD Spectrum Bands
5.5 LTE Deployments in 1800 MHz Band
5.6 LTE Deployment Future Trends (FDD and TDD)

Chapter 6: The LTE Enablers

6.1 Profiles of Key LTE Infrastructure Vendors
6.1.1 Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN)
6.1.2 Ericsson
6.1.3 Huawei
6.1.4 Alcatel-Lucent
6.1.5 ADC
6.1.6 Fujitsu
6.1.7 Motorola
6.1.8 ZTE
6.1.9 Tecore Networks
6.1.10 NEC
6.1.11 Samsung
6.1.12 Datang Telecom
6.2 LTE Vendor Market Share
6.3 Primary LTE Backhaul Solution Vendors
6.4 Major LTE EPC Solution Providers
6.5 LTE Devices Strategy of Major handset Vendors
6.5.1 Nokia
6.5.2 Samsung
6.5.3 LG
6.5.4 Motorola
6.5.5 Sony
6.5.6 ZTE
6.5.7 Apple
6.5.8 HTC
6.5.9 Huawei
6.6 Latest Offerings and Future Plans of Major Chipset Providers
6.6.1 Qualcomm
6.6.2 Altair Semiconductor
6.6.3 GCT
6.6.4 Broadcom
6.7 Other Players Participating in LTE Developments

List of Figures:

Figure 2-1 Global LTE CAPEX (In US$ Billion), 2013-2018
Figure 2-2 Top Five Investment Areas to Maximise RoI
Figure 2-3 Accumulated CAPEX and OPEX Savings from Network Sharing over 5 Years (In %)
Figure 2-4 Merits of SON Functions in Operator's Operations & Maintenance Workflow
Figure 2-5 Large US Operators' Cost Savings with SON (In Euro Million)
Figure 2-6 Various Global Operators Cost Savings with SON (In Euro Million)
Figure 3-1 MNO's Typical CAPEX Costs per Site- Developed vs. Emerging Markets
Figure 3-2 MNO's Typical OPEX Costs per Site- Developed vs. Emerging Markets
Figure 3-3 OPEX Break Down for an LTE Operator (In %), 2013
Figure 3-4 Global Expenditure on LTE Base Stations (In US$ Billion), 2013-2018
Figure 3-5 Global Small Cells Backhaul Capital Expenditure Forecast by Category (In US$ Billion), 2013 - 2018
Figure 3-6 Global Mobile Backhaul Operational Cost Forecast (In US$ Billion), 2013-2018
Figure 4-1 Various Deployment Paths Towards LTE
Figure 4-2 Deployment Strategy for Operators
Figure 4-3 LTE-Advanced Subscriber Growth (In Million), 2013-2018
Figure 5-1 LTE Future Deployment Trends
Figure 6-1 Commercial LTE Network Vendor Market Shares, Q2 2013

List of Tables:

Table 2-1 Top Five Investment Areas to Maximise RoI
Table 2-2 Financial Benefits of Different Network Sharing Models
Table 4-1 Operators' Key LTE Requirements
Table 4-2 LTE vs. LTE-Advanced Key Performance Indicators
Table 5-1 LTE Deployment by Countries, Operators & Launch Date, December 2009 - October 2013
Table 5-2 Different FDD and TDD Bands Defined by 3GPP
Table 5-3 Spectrum Bands Available in Different Regions
Table 5-4 Commercially Launched LTE TDD Networks, September 2013
Table 5-5 Commercial LTE TDD Networks in Deployment/ Planned, September 2013
Table 5-6 3GPP LTE TDD Spectrum Bands
Table 5-7 Global LTE deployments Status in 1800 MHz: Current & Future, September 2013
Table 6-1 Key LTE Infrastructure Providers
Table 6-2 Key LTE Backhaul Solution Vendors
Table 6-3 Key LTE EPC Solution Providers
Table 6-4 Key LTE Chipset Providers
Table 6-5 Other Key Communities Offerings
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- Alcatel-Lucent
- Altair Semiconductor
- Apple
- Broadcom
- Datang Telecom
- Ericsson
- Fujitsu
- Huawei
- LG
- Motorola
- Nokia
- Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN)
- Qualcomm
- Samsung
- Sony
- Tecore Networks
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