Although there is a very strong drive towards LTE, with several operators making a clear commitment to the technology, the leading players in the ecosystem as a whole are still figuring out how to accelerate its uptake and how and when it will position itself in a
market that will still be deploying HSPA.
Compared with existing and competing technologies, LTE will enable significant further development and more efficient delivery of the new data-rich services.
The widespread use and acceptance of these services is likely to raise the need for an evolved UMTS/HSPA, due to continued cost pressure. These were among the key factors considered in the development of the LTE (FDD and TDD versions) standard.