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LTE Processor Vendors Must Be Well Prepared to Support China Mobile's 4G Ramp Up in 2014

Published: 13 January 2014

ID: G00259480

Analyst(s): Roger Sheng, Jon Erensen

Summary

China Mobile will aggressively push the ramp-up of 4G devices during 2014, to attract more premium users. This will provide rich opportunities for baseband processor vendors that are ready for Time Division-Long Term Evolution multimode chipset commercialization.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • The launch of 4G services in China requires mobile processor vendors to prepare a multimode TD-LTE platform for the mainstream segment (that is, 1,000 to 2,000 yuan) by 2H14
  • China Mobile's 4G plans will influence the competitive landscape of mobile processor vendors; baseband vendors should redefine the product segment and prepare turnkey solutions for LTE ramp-up
  • The weak market position of China's local fabless companies in the premium segment, and the technical barrier of multimode chipsets, will limit their ability to participate in China's 4G market in the near term

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