A recent report by LightReading stated that the Asia Pacific
(APAC) region will provide the main impetus for growth of 4G
Long-Term Evolution (LTE) network in the near future. Countries,
such as China, Japan, Taiwan and Singapore are on the verge of
significantly expanding their nationwide LTE network either in
Time Division Duplex (TDD) or in Frequency Division Duplex (FDD)
This development has resulted in huge market opportunities for
global mobile infrastructure vendors like
LM Ericsson AB
Nokia Solutions and Networks
), Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and ZTE Corp.
The major thrust for LTE deployment is coming from China.
China Mobile Ltd., the largest wireless operator globally with
respect to subscribers, has garnered 130 MHz spectrum for its
proposed LTE-TDD network. Its closest competitors, namely, China
Unicom and China Telecom have gathered 40 MHz airwaves each. All
three companies are expected to start LTE deployment from early
Telecom Co. Ltd.
) recently won 2 slots of 1800 MHz spectrums to install 4G LTE
wireless network. LTE deployment will start from mid-2014. KDDI
Corp. and NTT DoCoMo of Japan are expected to increase their
capital expenditures for LTE deployment. Singapore
Telecommunications Ltd. of Singapore might also initiate LTE
The GSM Association's research wing, GMSA Intelligence,
recently revealed that there will be more than 1 billion LTE
connections globally by 2017. Currently, there are approximately
176 million LTE connections worldwide. By 2017, there will be
around 465 LTE networks across 128 countries.
GSMA Intelligence further reported that LTE users consume an
average of 1.5 GB data per month, two-fold the amount consumed by
non-LTE users. In developing countries, LTE users can generate 20
times higher average revenue per user (ARPU) to carriers than
non-LTE users, whereas in the developed countries ARPU can be
10%-40% higher for LTE users than non-LTE users.
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