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While LTE is destined to become the dominant wireless airlink, several formidable challenges will make its widespread adoption slower than many expect. For starters, spectrum has to be cleared, licensed and either allocated or sold off before LTE takes hold. As every country has its own telecommunications regulations, these factors will take varying periods of time to be resolved. However, despite this difficult path, In-Stat forecasts that the number of LTE subscribers will approach 115 million by 2014.
“US operator LTE CAPEX spending will drive wireless leadership from Asia and Europe to North America,” says Chris Kissel, Industry Analyst for In-Stat. “From 2009 to 2014, more than one quarter of global LTE CAPEX spending will occur in the US. As a result, the US will have more LTE subscribers than the entire Asia/Pacific region by the end of 2014, even though it will have less than half the POPs.”
Recent In-Stat research found the following:
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