Mobile broadband subs to exceed 2bn by 2013
Chinese vendor Huawei predicts surge in mobile broadband use in next four years
The number of mobile broadband subscribers will exceed 2 billion by 2013 according a recent report from Chinese telecoms vendor Huawei. This figure, which will account for an estimated 80% of new broadband subscribers, compares with a predicted total mobile subscriber base of 5 billion by 2013.
According to Huawei, the growth of mobile broadband and a rise in general mobile subscribers will lead to "profound" changes in people's lifestyles and approaches to work, as the world becomes "a truly networked society."
But before these subscriber numbers can be achieved, Huawei believes that the telecoms industry must focus on four key issues including the influence of new technologies on services and applications; the introduction of large-screen and high performance intelligent terminals, an increase in flexible pricing strategies; and bottlenecks of carrier network deployment.
The report adds that operator network development needs to become more robust and highlights a number of challenges that are "critical" to the rapid development of mobile broadband networks.
These include better user experience demands higher capacity and more optimised architecture; a recognition that increased bandwidth is not proportional to revenue growth, and a recognition that maintaining an advantageous position in the value chain has become increasingly difficult for almost every operator.