Strategy Analytics: Global 4G Service Revenue to Exceed 3G in 2016

by Phil Kendall, Susan Welsh de Grimaldo | Jun 02, 2016

4G Revenue to Increase 35% to US$426 Billion

Boston, MA - June 2, 2016 - 4G will overtake 3G technologies in global revenue generation this year, accounting for 49% of revenue from a 25% share of year-end subscriptions, according to a new forecast from Strategy Analytics’ Wireless Operator Strategies service. The report, “Worldwide Cellular User Forecast 2016-2022”, predicts 4G revenue growth will be offset by a 21% decline in 2G service revenue and 19% decline in 3G revenue in 2016.

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This report forecasts user-linked subscriptions (excluding M2M) for handsets, modems, tablets, and connected devices, and service revenue for 6 regions and 88 countries worldwide, from 2006 to 2022.


Phil Kendall, Executive Director Wireless Operator Strategies says, “The advanced markets of the USA, Japan, and South Korea will see the vast majority of their revenue come from 4G LTE services this year, though China will also make a significant contribution. Overtaking the USA to become the world’s largest 4G market in Q3 2015, China is the envy of other developing markets with over half of its 2016 revenue projected to come from 4G LTE.”


Key findings include:

·         Wireless service revenue will peak in 2019 at US$882 billion, just 3% above the level reached in 2015 as competitive and regulatory pressures undermine growth opportunities from new connected devices.

·         The 4G share of 2016 service revenue will range from 10% in Middle East & Africa to 79% in North America, with Japan (82%) and South Korea (90%) at similarly high levels.

·         Starting 2016 with 1.1 billion connections, 4G LTE networks will support 1.9 billion connections by the end of the year, and will grow to 5.6 billion by the end of 2022, 62% of all user-linked wireless subscriptions.

Susan Welsh de Grimaldo, Director Wireless Operator Strategies, added “Commercial 5G services will begin in a small number of markets in 2020, mainly in the USA and advanced Asian markets. We forecast that user-linked 5G connections will grow from 2 million in 2020 to 116 million in 2022, with modems and routers driving early volume.”


About Strategy Analytics

Strategy Analytics, Inc. provides the competitive edge with advisory services, consulting and actionable market intelligence for emerging technology, mobile and wireless, digital consumer and automotive electronics companies. With offices in North America, Europe and Asia, Strategy Analytics delivers insights for enterprise success. 


European Contact: Phil Kendall: +44 1908 423 620,

US Contact: Susan Welsh de Grimaldo, +1 617 614 0724,
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