2013 Trends: Johan Terve, VP Marketing, Aptilo Networks

In many emerging markets, Wi-Fi has become a key complement to mobile broadband. Some markets don't have 3G capability at all, and those that do generally don't have enough capacity to handle the large volume of customers. As a result Wi-Fi is many times the core vehicle to deliver mobile broadband, and this trend will continue in 2013...

Wi-Fi becomes a key complement to mobile broadband: In many emerging markets, Wi-Fi has become a key complement to mobile broadband. Some markets don't have 3G capability at all, and those that do generally don't have enough capacity to handle the large volume of customers. As a result Wi-Fi is many times the core vehicle to deliver mobile broadband, and this trend will continue in 2013.

Low-cost Wi-Fi-enabled devices grow in importance: Emerging markets have a need for very low-cost devices, and they must be Wi-Fi capable. Looking ahead we will see a growth in the amount of low-cost Wi-Fi-enabled devices.

WiMAX returns via LTE: It was unfortunate that, in developing countries, WiMAX's momentum disappeared with the popularity of LTE in industrialized countries, where LTE's value centered on something totally different – 4G mobile broadband. With this unfair treatment of WiMAX - which never was meant to compete with mobile broadband - much-needed broadband infrastructure in emerging markets was lost. Wireless is ideal as infrastructure in emerging countries and wireless broadband will make a comeback through TD-LTE.

Many new deployments will be TD-LTE so operators can benefit from the large volume of LTE devices.

We will also see existing WiMAX operators adding TD-LTE (same spectrum) or Wi-Fi as the last mile to overcome the lack of devices.

MORE ARTICLES YOU MAY BE INTERESTED IN...


Sign-up to our weekly newsletter

Keep up-to-date with all the latest news, articles, event and product updates posted on Developing Telecoms.
Subscribe to our FREE weekly email newsletters for the latest telecom info in developing and emerging markets globally.
Sending occasional e-mail from 3rd parties about industry white papers, online and live events relevant to subscribers helps us fund this website and free weekly newsletter. We never sell your personal data. Click here to view our privacy policy.