A new report from In-Stat concludes that while LTE is the clear choice for the next generation of wireless networks, its deployment will be stymied by the success of 3G networks and their follow-on technologies such as HSPA and HSPA+ as mobile operators look to leverage their installed networks.
"LTE still has several glaring issues," says Allen Nogee, In-Stat analyst, in a release. "These include lack of spectrum, signal-to-noise ratio and non-established patent and royalty pool. It's clear that the shift toward 4G LTE will be gradual and protracted."
In-Stat noted that even though LTE is the 4G standard of choice, mobile WiMAX will have more than five times as many global subscribers as LTE in 2013, despite the fact that mobile WiMAX now has a distinct niche. The firm also doesn't expect LTE mobile handsets to begin shipping until the second half of 2012.
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