Frost & Sullivan: Escalating Smartphone Use Offers Growth Opportunities for LTE Test Equipment Vendors Globally

Complexity of MIMO standards will necessitate extensive testing

Oct 30, 2013, 07:51 ET from Frost & Sullivan

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Oct. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Long-term evolution (LTE) is quickly becoming popular in the wireless communications industry and the testing of LTE devices and services is critical to comply with industry standards and to provide high-quality products and services that exceed customer expectations. Demand for LTE test equipment will continue to grow, driven by increasing mobility as well as the ability to access the Internet, download videos at faster rates, and run data-hungry applications through mobile devices.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (, The Global Long-term Evolution Test Equipment Market, finds that the market, which earned revenues of $947.2 million in 2012 will more than quadruple to reach $3,974.1 million in 2019.

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"LTE has gained prominence due to the rising adoption of smartphones and tablets, which require high data throughput rates for content delivery," said Frost & Sullivan Communications Test & Measurement Research Program Manager Olga Shapiro. "With more LTE installations becoming inevitable, demand for testing will grow rapidly considering the complex nature of LTE network deployments because of multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) standards."

However, accommodating the various levels of complexity requires time and investment in R&D, both of which can hold back the LTE test equipment market. The telecommunications industry is struggling with the intricate task of integrating new technologies, including LTE, at different frequency bands into networks and devices. Base stations have also become complex in order to be compatible with different standards like frequency division-LTE, WiMAX, and time division-LTE. Global test equipment vendors will have to keep up with these diverse standards, while simultaneously simplifying testing. In addition, test equipment vendors must adapt to automating test scripts, which is another upcoming trend in the market.

"Test solution providers need to ensure that their products offer excellent return on investment for service providers, original equipment manufacturers, and network equipment manufacturers, to gain a foothold in the LTE test equipment market," concluded Shapiro. "This means that testing equipment must support the entire supply chain – component manufacturers, handset manufacturers, operators, and laboratories that conduct compliance testing – to get through the R&D cycle as quickly as possible while ensuring quality."

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