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4G LTE gated by 3G success, not Wi-Max: In-Stat

Long term evolution (LTE), the next-generation mobile broadband standard, is the clear choice for the next lea...


February 3, 2010  


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Long term evolution (LTE), the next-generation mobile broadband standard, is the clear choice for the next leap in wireless technology, reports In-Stat.

 

While Wi-Max appeared to be a competitor for 4G early on, that battle is now largely resolved.

 

LTE’s deployment will primarily be impeded by the success of 3G networks and HSPA and HSPA+ networks as mobile operators seek to leverage their installed infrastructurem the research firm said.

 

“LTE still has several glaring issues,” says Allen Nogee, In-Stat analyst. “These include lack of spectrum, signal-to-noise ratio, and non-established patent and royalty pool. It’s clear that the shift toward 4G LTE will be gradual and protracted.”

 

Recent research by In-Stat found the following:

 

* LTE deployments will effectively begin in 2010. North America and Asia/Pacific will be the first regions to deploy.

 

* While LTE will ultimately become the 4G standard of choice, Mobile Wi-Max is much more mature in deployment and has a distinct niche. Even by 2013, Mobile Wi-Max will have more than 5 times as many global subscribers as LTE.

 

* External clients, such as dongles, network cards, and USB dongles will be the first LTE subscriber devices sold. LTE mobile handsets will not start shipping in major volumes until 2H12.

 

* Wi-Max deployments have given chipset manufacturers, device manufacturers, and infrastructure suppliers real-world experience.

 

The report, entitled “The Road to LTE: Is WiMAX Really the Enemy?” covers the worldwide market for 4G wireless technology  Further information is available at www.in-stat.com.