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Research indicates 226 million LTE users by 2015

More than 226 million mobile subscribers will have LTE devices by 2015, report suggests

Operators are pinning their hopes on LTE as the best means of delivering high speed mobile broadband.
Operators are pinning their hopes on LTE as the best means of delivering high speed mobile broadband.

The top 25 operators that have committed to LTE will reach an LTE subscriber base of more than 226 million people in 2015, according to a report from US research organization Maravedis.

The report indicates that LTE infrastructure CAPEX spending could reach $14 billion by 2015, by which time the world's top 25 LTE operators will be targeting a total base 1,087 million 3G/UMTS users, of which 226 million will have dual LTE/3G handsets.

The research also indicated that 242,000 accumulated LTE macro base stations will be deployed in 2015, up from 38,906 in 2013.

The report added that preparations for LTE are well under way, and more than 80% of the top 25 operators that have committed to LTE have already selected vendors for their LTE trials.

"Nearly 84% of mobile operators around the world will be moving from HSPA/HSPA+ in anticipation of their evolution to LTE, while only 16% of operators will move from CDMA/EVDO, " said Esteban Monturus, Maravedis' senior analyst for Europe.

Robert Syputa, senior analyst and report advisor at Maravedis added that many operators will deploy LTE as a data network overlay with a "fall back" to 3G network coverage where LTE is not available. "So far, only 40% of the operators interviewed are planning and doing trials for voice over LTE. We expect this figure to increase as operators near LTE rollout," he said