The number of LTE subscribers in the United States will continue to increase markedly over the next few years, with the total number of LTE customers representing 70 percent of all U.S. mobile subscriptions by 2017, according to a new report from research firm Pyramid Research.
AT&T said it expects to add around 500,000 postpaid wireless subscribers during the second quarter, a marked sequential and year-over-year improvement in that metric, but also added that promotions and smartphone sales will dent its margins.
Qualcomm this week removed the wraps from its FSM99xx family of 28 nanometer chips that integrate 3G and LTE for use in small cells.
Verizon Wireless wants to keep traffic on its 3G CDMA network humming even as it pushes more and more postpaid customers to move to its LTE network because traffic on its 3G network is very profitable, according to Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo.
Per-bit total cost of ownership of Wi-Fi hotspots is about half that of small cells for LTE and 10 percent of 3G small cells, according to a new report developed by Senza Fili Consulting and commissioned by Wi-Fi Alliance .
North American LTE users gobble up on average 46 MB per day of mobile data, or 168 percent more than 3G users, who consume 17 MB per day, according to research from Alcatel-Lucent.
Japan's total mobile infrastructure market skyrocketed 78 percent during 2012, thanks largely to a dedicated push by NTT DoCoMo, KDDI and Softbank to rollout LTE nationwide, according to a report from Infonetics.
The small cell market is bifurcating between public access and metrocell equipment vs. consumer-grade femtocells, resulting in two distinct roadmaps for sales of baseband processors for small cells, according to ABI Research.
3 UK, the UK's smallest mobile operator, said the quality of its 3G network will stop its data-hungry subscribers defecting to rival LTE services before it turns on its own 4G network. The operator expects to launch LTE toward the end of 2013.
Members of the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) will gain access to one-of-a-kind LTE data roaming hub developed by Transaction Network Services (TNS).