Tablet Sales Booming Alongside 3G and 4G Network Subscriber Growth

Parks Associates says 3G subscribers will double over next five years, with global 3G+ tablet sales to exceed 68 million by 2015

Parks Associates forecasts more than 68 million of the 126 million tablets sold worldwide in 2015 will have 3G or greater technology. The research firm's latest report Mobile Broadband & Mobile Computing Devices shows 29% of the 16.5 million tablets sold in 2010 featured embedded 3G technology, while tablets with 3G/4G technology will account for over one -half of all tablets sold in 2015.


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"We are seeing strong consumer engagement in data -intensive services and activities, such as social networking, uploading photos to the Internet, and watching online video, on mobile phones," said Jennifer Kent, a Parks Associates' mobile research analyst. "By offering the same mobile Internet capabilities as a smartphone, but with better visual and computing experiences, tablets will also benefit from these consumer behaviors."

Consumer demand for mobile data will increase further as carriers continue to deploy 3G and 4G networks around the world, enabling better user experiences and opening new markets to reliable mobile Internet access. According to the report, 3G subscribers will double over the next five years to account for 47% of total mobile subscribers in 2015, with an additional 5% of mobile subscribers receiving 4G service. The ability to turn this growing data usage into revenue will be the key challenge for carriers going forward.

"Carriers need to optimize network performance, be selective about subsidizing mobile platforms, and monetize Wi -Fi assets in order to stay profitable," said Harry Wang, director, mobile research, Parks Associates. "Additionally, carriers need to offer more pricing options with flexible rules to fit consumers' access needs."

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About Parks Associates: Parks Associates is an internationally recognized market research and consulting company specializing in emerging consumer technology products and services. Founded in 1986, Parks Associates creates research capital for companies ranging from Fortune 500 to small start -ups through market reports, primary studies, consumer research, custom research, workshops, executive conferences, and annual service subscriptions.

The company's expertise includes new media, digital entertainment and gaming, home networks, Internet and television services, digital health, mobile applications and services, consumer electronics, energy management, and home control systems and security.

Each year, Parks Associates hosts executive conferences CONNECTIONS™, with support from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®; CONNECTIONS™ Europe; and Smart Energy Summit.

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