Vodafone’s Arun Sarin: No Immediate Need for LTE; Baking A Bigger Mobile Services Cake





I think that having a healthy profit margin is a next best thing possible.


See the word LTE means Long Term Evolution. The 3G community did not coin this by some mistake, but indeed after a lot of careful deep thought. The reality is that operators who have deployed 3G (WCDMA) or 3.5G(HSDPA) do not want to simply rip their networks out for LTE. So they will not consider any such new technology for deployment before 2013. So now who wants LTE, the CDMA2000 vendors would like it. But if their really need it in 2008,2009 or 2010 it will not be ready for deployment. So when will LTE be really ready? 2012 is the best case at this time if not later. So what should Verizon do? They are a sitting duck :) Unless ofcourse they will remove their LTE blinders and maybe consider WiMAX which will be ready for them.

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