Mobile broadband modems and hotspot router shipments fell 21 per cent year-over-year to nearly 73 million units, as the impact of the declining PC market finally began to bite. USB modem sticks and embedded modem modules led the two-year slide while mobile hotspot routers increased 32 per cent, according to new analysis – Mobile Broadband PC/CE Modem and Hotspot Router Market Data - from market intelligence firm ABI Research.
As the computing marketing continues to evolve with more performance and choices than ever before, mobile broadband modems were not impervious to the transition. “It was another distressing year for mobile broadband modems, though the worst appears to be in the past,” says senior practice director Jeff Orr, ABI Research. “USB modems will remain an important connectivity component going forward; however future volumes will increasingly be driven by embedded modem modules and mobile hotspot routers.”