Handset tethering delivers mobile Internet access for rich content and multimedia to locally connected devices and vehicles via 3G and 4G cellular data networks. Tethering can provide mobility, flexibility, speed and convenience for subscribers and service providers.
We predict mobile hotspot handsets to surge 105% in 2012 and become a high-growth sub-category.
This extensive report forecasts mobile hotspot handsets, Bluetooth PAN Handsets and USB tethering handset sales by region from 2007 to 2016. Volume forecasts and installed base forecasts by device type, such as smartphones and feature phones, are also included at a global level. The report can be used by operators, device vendors, component makers, content providers and car manufacturers to determine the future size and importance of the mobile handset tethering market.
Major countries for mobile hotspot phones will include USA, UK, Germany, France, Australia, South Korea, Japan, China, Brazil and Russia.
Other questions answered in this report include:
How many Bluetooth PAN tethering handsets will be sold worldwide in 2012 and 2016?
What % of all handsets sold globally in 2016 will be Bluetooth Pan enabled?
We forecast global USB tethering handset sales to reach 1 billion units in 2012 but what percentage of smartphones and feature and basic phones are currently able to do tethering via their USB port.
What is the outlook for mobile hotspot tethering method?
What % of devices enabled will actually be used actively?
In summary, the worldwide mobile handset tethering market is growing fast, but there are currently several barriers to usage that the industry still needs to address.