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LTE 4G to gain 32 million subscribers by 2013

Updated:2008/7/23 11:10

Even before its launch in 2010 or later, the fourth-generation (4G) technology Long Term Evolution (LTE) is forecast to become the choice of many network operators. LTE may have more than 32 million subscribers by 2013, according to a study from ABI Research.

ABI senior analyst Nadine Manjaro attributes about 37.5 percent or 12 million of the subscribers to Asia-Pacific countries, while the remaining percentage will be split between Western Europe and North America. Telecom companies that have announced their plans of adopting 4G LTE include China Mobile, Japan’s NTT Docomo and KDDI, Vodafone and Verizon Wireless.

In China, operators are predicted to adopt LTE directly. Manjaro said that although China’s TD-SCDMA 3G technology will be deployed on a small scale during the Beijing Olympics, operators are unlikely to spend billions to implement that or any other 3G technology if they will have to upgrade within a year or two. Moreover, the China government is reluctant to grant 3G spectrum licenses.

The study says that the adoption of LTE will benefit various sectors, among which are test equipment vendors and vendors of the required network infrastructure itself.


Source:global sources

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