Over the first half of 2013, about $2.5 billion worth of mobile broadband modems and routers for computing and consumer electronics connectivity have shipped. For the full year, 92.1 million of these 3G and 4G modems and routers are forecast to be shipped worldwide to mobile network operators, retailers, and device manufacturers, a figure that represents flat growth since last year. The mix of modem form-factors is changing due to declining USB volumes, offset by increased mobile hotspot routers and embedded modem modules. Modem modules continue to garner most use from tablet purchases, especially through the inclusion in select iPad models, though the latest generations of Apple’s slate devices have shifted to a modem built-on the system board instead of a separate module added during manufacturing.
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