2010 Prediction No. 2: LTE is years away

While we have watched operators in Scandinavia and Japan launch commercial LTE services, 2010 will not be the year of LTE, and we will have to wait until 2013 or 2014 before it will become an important proposition for Western European service providers.

For a significant proportion of Europe's mobile operators there is little to be gained from an early roll out of LTE, given that HSPA and HSPA+ are capable of providing all the speed that is necessary today and in the near-future. The problem now is not about increasing network bandwidth with LTE, but more to do with increasing backhaul capacity.

The exception to this prediction is in non-GSM markets. For example, Verizon Wireless in the U.S. has no other choice than to deploy LTE early due to its current EV-DO technology not being able to evolve to provide the data rates that it feels are necessary.

2010 Prediction No. 2: LTE is years away
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