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Wi-Max Has Early Lead Over LTE In Wireless 4G Race

Mobile Wi-Max services will outpace LTE over the next few years due to its head start on deployments, says research firm In-Stat.


March 1, 2009  


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Mobile Wi-Max services will outpace LTE over the next few years due to its head start on deployments, says research firm In-Stat.

While LTE (Long Term Evolution) will not be commercially available until late 2009, In-Stat predicts that the two technologies will end up on very different paths. “Most of the operators looking to deploy Wi-Max come to it from the fixed network space,” says Daryl Schoolar, an In-Stat analyst. “These operators are looking to use Wi-Max as an enhanced DSL service. Enhanced DSL will combine both the fixed broadband service with some form of nomadic coverage.

“Most of the early operators supporting LTE come from the mobile space. These operators want to use LTE to increase capacity and peak rates on their existing mobile networks.”

Recent research by In-Stat found the following:

• Most operators will not deploy LTE until 2011 or 2012.

• LTE will have 23.1 million subscriptions in 2013, growing from about 176 thousand in 2010.

• Nearly 82 million mobile PCs with Wi-Max will ship in 2013.

The report, entitled, The Road to 4G: LTE and Wi-Max Lead the Way, covers the worldwide market for 4G wireless technology, and provides forecasts for 2G, 3G, and 4G subscriptions by type through 2013.

Further information is available at www.in-stat.com.