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LTE uptake to reach 430M in 2016

Posted: 24 Nov 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:LTE? mobile broadband? subscriber?

According to Juniper Research, LTE mobile broadband subscribers will number 428 million by 2016 but will only reach six percent of the global subscriber population. The growth is seen to occur from next year onwards with many mobile operators preparing for the roll out.

The 4G LTE Opportunities report found that with the rate of LTE network, commitments is at an all-time high. Network vendors have significantly improved their position to offer products and solutions to network operators. Consequently, the total number of LTE base station deployments will reach about one million by 2014.

In the early years, LTE will be dominated by the uptake of enterprise subscribers, but on 2013, consumer subscribers will begin to sign up in volume and begin to overtake enterprise subscribers by 2015, the report indicated.

"With LTE being offered as a premium level service initially, enterprise subscribers will be attracted by the improved data speeds and the service guarantees that will be offered. The emerging factor that will drive consumer take-up later in the forecast and beyond is the embedding of LTE technology in consumer devices," noted Nitin Bhas, report author from Juniper.

The report revealed that LTE smartphones and tablets will dominate the LTE connected end user device market, accounting for 50 percent of the total LTE subscribers by 2016. LTE smartphones are expected to achieve early market traction in the enterprise market, with high-end data users migrating to the faster technology. Juniper also underlined that enterprise users are leading the early stages of LTE-enabled tablet adoption. However, we expect consumer users to exceed enterprise users by volume from 2013.

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