Global LTE users to hit 500,000 in 2010

Data usage growth and competitive pressures will ultimately push operators to migrate to LTE

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Global LTE users to hit 500,000 in 2010 The increasing use of smartphones is putting strain on 3G networks and helping to drive demand for LTE.
By  Nithyasree Trivikram Published  July 14, 2010

LTE subscriptions could reach 500,000 globally in 2010, mainly in North America and Western Europe, while the rest of the world is unlikely to embrace the LTE technologies in any significant way until 2012, according to a report from In-Stat.

TeliaSonera, an operator serving Nordic and Baltic countries, has the only LTE commercial deployment in the world with an estimated 50,000 subscribers, and with other operators such as Verizon in the US undergoing LTE implementations, LTE subscriptions look set to hit 500,000 by the end of 2010, according to Chris Kissel, an analyst at In-Stat.

"Among today's key trends is migration from 3G towards WCDMA and HSPA technologies, and the continued growth in data usage and competitive pressures will ultimately push operators to migrate to LTE," Kissel said.

The report further states that WCDMA, HSPA/HSPA+ subscriptions are to increase by 30% from 2010 to 2014. Though the expansion of CDMA is in doubt as many operators such as Verizon transitioning to LTE, the CDMA-related technologies are to account for 566 million global subscriptions in 2010, with 3G subscriptions via WCDMA reaching 540 million in Western Europe.

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