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4G LTE mobile broadband to reach 220m subscribers by 2014

Rapid uptake of 4G LTE mobile broadband technology in the next year will see the subscriber number doubling from an estimated 105m this year to 220m by 2014.
According to research from Juniper Research, 2012 was a breakthrough year for 4G in the countries where the technology has been deployed.
Deployment rates are gaining momentum and more subscribers will sign up in volume this year.
In Ireland, licenses for 4G were granted in November and rollouts have already commenced, with the first services expected to be offered in the coming month. In the UK, Ofcom awarded its licenses in recent weeks.

4G will have limited global reach up to 2014

Despite the progress of 4G, Juniper says 4G will have a very limited global reach.
However, embedding of LTE in consumer devices like Apple and Samsung smartphones will drive consumer take-up.
With LTE rollouts gaining momentum, primarily in developed markets, Juniper Research acknowledges that while migration to 4G is expected to follow an evolutionary path, there is a genuine opportunity for many operators in developing countries to completely bypass 3G and roll out 4G LTE directly….. read more

Source: siliconrepublic.com

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