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Low Cost 4G Handsets: Market Dynamics and Opportunities

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Report Summary:

Complimentary Report: Low cost 4G LTE smartphones and smart feature phones are key products in the global drive to connect the unconnected and facilitate migration to more efficient networks in developing markets. However, affordability for low-income segments remains a challenge that operators need to address. Strategy Analytics analyses the market opportunity for low cost 4G phones and recommends operator activities that can help to improve migration from 2G and 3G and stimulate 4G adoption in new user segments.

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary
2. Network Migration from 2G/3G to 4G
   2.1 Network Benefits of Migrating 2G/3G Users to 4G
   2.2 Trends in 2G and 3G Network Closures
   2.3 Customer Migration Forecasts
3. Low Cost 4G LTE Handsets
   3.1 4G LTE Handset Market Overview
   3.2 Low & Ultra Low Cost LTE Handsets
   3.3 4G LTE Handset Mix
   3.4 Key 4G LTE Handset Features
     3.4.1 KaiOS Helps Operators Migrate 2G & 3G Users to 4G
     3.4.2 Voice over LTE (VoLTE)
     3.4.3 LTE Baseband Processor Cost Evolution
   3.5 Understanding the advantages of 4G LTE Feature Phones
4. Strategies to Support Low Cost Handset Adoption
   4.1 Options for Lowering Up-front Device Costs and Stimulating Demand
     4.1.1 Support for the Low Cost 4G Handset Supply Chain
     4.1.2 Tax Relief for Low Cost 4G Handsets
     4.1.3 Maximizing Handset Distribution
     4.1.4 Identifying New Subsidy Sources for Handsets
     4.1.5 Spreading Device Costs with Micro-Loans
     4.1.6 Video as a Key Tool to Grow 4G Demand
   4.2 4G Feature Phones: Reliance Jio’s Experience
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