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Mobile broadband services expected to more than double by 2013

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Revenue service providers collect from cellular services hit $624 billion in 2008 (up 13% from 2007), and is expected to top $877 billion by 2010, reports Infonetics Research. They also note that between 2009 and 2013, worldwide mobile broadband service revenue will more than double.

"There is no question that mobile broadband services represent the next big wave of revenue for mobile operators. But make no mistake: voice service is not going away and will keep its lion's share of operator revenue for the foreseeable future, even as mobile operators diversify revenue streams," observes Stéphane Téral, principal analyst for mobile and FMC infrastructure at Infonetics Research.

While service provider revenue from mobile broadband and SMS/MMS services is growing rapidly, voice service continues to make up the large majority of service provider revenue. These voice service revenues are expected to grow slowly through 2013, driven by continuing mobile subscriber growth in developing countries and the gradual move from fixed to mobile voice in developed countries.

LTE service revenue is forecast to grow fast, reaching $41.7 billion in 2013, with the majority coming from North America by 2012, due to Verizon's then AT&T's LTE deployments. By 2013, W-CDMA/HSPA service revenue will be almost 5 times that of CDMA 1xEV-DO, as the majority of worldwide mobile subscribers are on GSM networks

The number of mobile broadband subscribers is forecast by Infonetics to hit 1 billion by 2013.

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