Analysys Mason: Leapfrogging 3G to LTE not always the best approach for emerging markets

Many countries and operators without 3G are considering skipping it altogether and directly jumping from 2G to LTE. But a latest report from Analysys Mason said the key question is whether these markets are mature enough to leapfrog a technology. It cites Pakistan as a recent example: here, both 3G and LTE were auctioned, but only one out of the two blocks of LTE was picked up. At least one of the players has misjudged the market conditions and only time will tell which, the research and analyst company commented. It advised operators to reflect on six key drivers for LTE adoption in their business planning. These include the level of data demand, affordability of devices, network coverage and spectrum harmonisation. Report