Cellular Modem Shipments to Exceed 5 Million Units Annually

The cellular modem market has taken many years to develop, but by the end of this year it will reach a notable milestone, with annual shipments to exceed 5 million units, reports In-Stat. This market got a boost from embedded cellular modems in laptop computers, a class of modem only introduced toward the end of last year, the high-tech market research firm says. Embedded cellular modems should account for more than 10% of total modem shipments in 2006.

“With the growth of cellular modems, also comes growth in revenues from the sale of cellular modem cards, as well as growth in revenue spent on wireless data services for these modems,” says Allen Nogee, In-Stat analyst. “In-Stat estimates that revenues from the sale of cellular modem cards and embedded cellular modems in laptops will reach approximately $1 billion in 2008.”

Recent research by In-Stat found the following:

  • The cellular modem market will grow more than 500% over the next 5 years.
  • For the first time, in 2006, the number of cellular modems sold in Europe exceeds the number sold in North America.
  • In 2005, Asia’s share of the cellular modem market almost doubled over the previous year.

The research, “Cellular Modem Worldwide Shipment Forecast 2003-2011″ (#IN0603352WH), covers the worldwide market for cellular modems. It contains forecasts of unit shipments by type, as well as the number of subscribers using cellular modems through 2011. It also includes analysis of the market’s geographic distribution, and profiles of several major vendors. The scope of this research includes GSM, CDMA, and WCDMA cellular modems, which allow a PC or laptop to connect to a cellular data network. The price is $2,495 (US).

This research is part of In-Stat’s Mobile Devices Service, which combines primary end-user and supply-side research to offer comprehensive reporting, worldwide industry and technology trends, user preferences, and forecasting for mobile devices, including wireless handsets, smartphones, and data devices. In addition to topical reports, quarterly summaries track global handset revenue and market share by manufacturer, air link, and region.

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The key driver of cellular modem usage is 3G deployment; if you’re interested in a detailed look at worldwide 3G deployment, check out “The Next Generation Has Arrived—3G Cellular Deployment Report (#IN0602925GW)”

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