Report: LTE smartphone shipments skyrocketed 151% in Q4

LTE smartphone unit shipments soared 151 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2012, according to a new report from Infonetics Research, marking the second straight quarter of triple-digit growth. The growth was primarily driven by FDD-LTE smartphones. However, TD-LTE smartphones are also ramping fast, albeit from a much smaller base, despite a temporary dip in growth in the fourth quarter, according to Infonetics analyst Julien Blin. "In 2012, five times as many W-CDMA/HSPA smartphones shipped as LTE smartphones. By 2015 we expect LTE smartphones to overtake W-CDMA/HSPA," he said. Release