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.”
Revenues associated with mobile broadband modems also fell in 2013 to $6.2 billion, down 23 per cent from just over $8.1 billion in 2012. Other key findings include:
68 per cent of shipments were USB modem sticks
40 per cent of all modems shipped to the Asia-Pacific region
The average end-user selling price of all form-factors was US$84.49, a 3.1 per cent decline year-over-year
75 per cent of modems offered exclusively GSM/UMTS air interface protocols despite marketing of high-speed LTE networks
Huawei continued to lead all modem vendors with nearly 61 per cent unit share. Combined with second place ZTE, the pair shipped more than 85 per cent of all mobile broadband modems.