PwC predicts that infrastructure speed will be the fastest improving component of the seven enabling technologies in the PwC Mobile Technology Index through 2015. We are forecasting a global compound annual growth rate of 54% (as measured in average megabits per second) through 2015.
By 2015, we also expect the three factors associated with the transition to 4G technology---share of infrastructure investment, share of devices and share of subscribers---to reach levels that could trigger a robust period of 4G innovation.
This article explains how and why we reached these conclusions and delves into some of the developments we might expect to see as 4G hits the benchmarks needed to cause a surge in innovation.
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Mobile innovations forecast
The PwC Mobile Technologies Index and our analysis suggests that another major inflection point of new mobile based products and services will soon appear. The prediction is based on what happened in the past---the transition from 2G to 3G began when penetration reached:
The 3G to 4G innovation surge will likely begin when: