LTE subscribers will more than double in '13, IHS iSuppli says
The number of LTE users around the world grew nearly 600% in 2012
IDG News Service - For every person using 4G LTE now, there will be at least one more subscriber by the end of this year, IHS iSuppli says.
The number of users on LTE services will slightly more than double in 2013, growing by 115% to 198.1 million people worldwide, according to the research company. At the end of 2012, there were 92.3 million subscribers, iSuppli said.
Many consumers are getting into LTE as they update their smartphones and the areas served by LTE also continue to grow, according to an IHS iSuppli press release. Most early LTE adoption took place in Europe and Asia, but North America drove major growth in 2011 and 2012, the company said. In the U.S., Verizon Wireless, AT&T and Sprint Nextel continue to expand their LTE footprints, while T-Mobile and Sprint partner Clearwire plan to start deploying the technology this year.
The pace of LTE adoption will actually slow this year, because the number of new users grew 599% in 2012, iSuppli said. But that increase came on top of a much smaller base of just 13.2 million subscribers at the beginning of that year. LTE was first offered in 2010.
LTE provides both higher speeds and shorter delays than earlier 3G technology, which is still much more widely used than LTE. That's helping to open the door to emerging uses of mobile data such as video and gaming, though most voice calls are still carried over older circuit-switched 2G and 3G systems. Over the next few years, carriers are expected to start sending voice calls over LTE as another form of data.
As LTE becomes mainstream, international roaming with the technology may lag behind. There are more than 40 different frequency bands defined for LTE, so makers of smartphones, tablets and other devices face a complex set of choices about which to include in their products, according to IHS iSuppli. This fragmentation is worse than vendors faced with 3G, and it has had repercussions. Apple drew criticism and even legal action for launching the iPad 3 without a radio for Band 3, a band around 1800MHz that is widely used for LTE.
With different regulations in various parts of the world, it's still unclear whether consumers will be able to use their LTE devices on the fast network technology outside their home countries. Carrier policies will also play a role in whether roaming service is available.
By 2016, roaming is likely to become a more widespread need. IHS iSuppli estimates there will be 1 billion LTE subscribers worldwide by that time.
- 802.11ac Non-Disruptive Migration Strategies Emerging 802.11ac standard promises a significant boost in performance to support ubiquitous mobility.
- City Solved Network Mystery - Saves $30K The City of Jacksonville put their hunch to work and not only solved a mystery, but found a new and innovative use for...
- Mission Critical: Managing Mobile Applications & Content Smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices have become embedded in enterprise processes, thanks to the consumerization of IT and a new generation of...
- Securing Mobility, From Device to Network At one time, the process of managing and securing mobile devices and applications was fairly straightforward. Most organizations worried about one application (email)...
- Keep Servers Up and Running and Attackers in the Dark An SSL/TLS handshake requires at least 10 times more processing power on a server than on the client. SSL renegotiation attacks can readily...
- On Demand: Mastering the Art of Mobile Content Management Mobile device usage in the enterprise has skyrocketed, and it continues to escalate. IT must answer to users who demand access to their... All Wireless Networking White Papers | Webcasts
Our new bimonthly Internet of Things newsletter helps you keep pace with the rapidly evolving technologies, trends and developments related to the IoT. Subscribe now and stay up to date!