Following 4G: The State of LTE

We have been following the emergence of 4G technologies pretty closely, including the looming battle between WiMAX and Long Term Evolution (LTE). As part of this continuing coverage, we are going to give you short updates on these technologies and current carrier plans. Stacey outlined the 4G plans of various U.S. carriers last week. This post is small update on the state of LTE market.

According to ABI Research, there will be 32 million subscribers on LTE by 2013, though LTE Networks aren’t likely to go commercial before 2010. Equipment maker Ericsson has predicted mass adoption in 2012. ABI says Asia Pacific will have 12 million LTE subscribers, while Western Europe and North America will share the remainder. ABI predicts that LTE will compete with fixed line broadband services such as DSL and spur a big demand for mobile-connected Internet devices — not necessarily personal computers or phones.

Carriers who are betting on LTE include China Mobile, Vodafone and Verizon Wireless. NTT DoCoMo and KDDI in Japan, AT&T and Metro PCS in the U.S., and a few other carriers are still working out plans that involve LTE.

Our previous LTE/4G posts:

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