Maravedis: 300 operators will deploy LTE by 2016

More than 300 operators worldwide will deploy LTE networks by 2016, according to a new report from research firm Maravedis. The huge surge in LTE deployments has been largely expected. The research firm counts 127 operators that have committed to LTE. Maravedis predicts there will be 350 million global LTE subscribers by 2016, while the number of WiMAX subscribers will reach 50 million, up from 13 million worldwide at the end of 2010. Interestingly, Maravedis said smartphones will account for half of all LTE subscribers, reaching 130 million by 2016. Release