By: Jesse Cryderman
LTE: What's the Buzz?
The fourth generation of wireless technology has been a deployed reality for several years, but now global deployments are really picking up steam, thanks to LTE. This month,
Movicel (with help from ZTE and Huawei) deployed the first LTE network in Africa, 45 days ahead of schedule. Croatia, dubbed "little
France" for its stunning cuisine and wine culture, also moved into the LTE fast lane thanks to Hrvatski Telekom and Nokia Siemens Networks. Moving East, research
from ABI indicates Asia-Pac operators are betting heavily on LTE, and moving to the forefront in the race to advanced radio access technology. Looking South, LTE is booming in
Brazil; Pyramid Research predicts more than 18 million users will be on LTE networks in Brazil by 2015.
Wireless carriers in the U.S. still lead the pack, however, with Verizon emerging as the clear leader in LTE footprint and AT&T leading the speed race (according to PC World). The inevitable LTE wholesale shake-up is nearing as well, as Clearwire announced an LTE strategy that includes deployments in 31 markets by early 2013. Perhaps this will throw Sprint a lifeline since the Zeppelin-eqsue flame-out of LightSquared scorched Sprint's LTE strategy.
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