According to a report from ABI Research, the number of 4G subscribers worldwide could jump to 90 million in 2013. The research firm expects HSPA+ technology to begin rolling out in early 2010, while migration to LTE will begin halfway through that year. W-CDMA subscribers, including HSPA users, will near 720 million by 2013.
"Some operators may not be ready to move on to LTE, as the peak data rates of 100 Mbps downlink and 50 Mbps uplink are achievable only with a 20-megahertz spectrum band," said Hwai Lin Khor, research analyst at ABI Research.
For more on the report:
- read this article from RCR News