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LTE takes hold. Competition heats up, but where is the mass-market demand?

  • ID: 2063699
  • Report
  • February 2012
  • Region: Global
  • 18 Pages
  • TM Forum
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Competition heats up, but where's the mass-market demand?

The sheer volume of mobile data traffic now demanding high bandwidth is spiraling and unrelenting. To date, long-term evolution (LTE) networks have been deployed by half of all nations where services are available and LTE is emerging as the technology of choice for Tier 1 operators in major markets around the world.

With numerous trial activities, a raft of pre-commercial LTE networks recently announced, and open and pending new spectrum auctions, we look set to see LTE deployments more than double by the end of 2011.

But while the global hype around LTE continues unabated, the market remains driven by service provider competition rather than mass market demand and there is scant data available on the actual uptake of LTE services – a telling reminder of an embryonic end-user market.

This report examines the global status of LTE and discovers the key issues that are both fostering and hindering LTE's progress.

Read this report to understand:

The LTE market environment
- Background on the commercial technical and radio frequency developments shaping growth

Regional LTE nuances
- Existing technologies deployed
- Levels of competition and market structures within individual nations,
- End user market maturity and preferences
- Regulatory conditions – not least of which relate to spectrum availability and its allocation

The status of commercial LTE deployments in detail
- Differences in operator business models
- Emerging trends with LTE infrastructure and technology
- Network and spectrum sharing models
- Spectrum availability
- Challenges for the emerging LTE device ecosystem
- LTE end-user service packaging and pricing strategies

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