Research: Spending on LTE base stations to reach $3B this year

ABI Research forecasts that operators moving from LTE trials to commercial deployments are likely to spend nearly $3 billion in 2011 and potentially $16.5 billion in 2016 on base stations. The firm believes that around 32,000 base stations will be upgraded and retrofitted to support the deployment of LTE this year. Around 19,000 of these units will be installed at new sites to provide better capacity and improve coverage for enterprise and residential subscribers. Article