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LTE operators to spend $8.6B by 2013, says ABI

Posted: 16 Jan 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:LTE  3G  base station  GPS 

More than eighteen operators globally have announced LTE deployment plans, and the current economic environment does not seem to have dampened their enthusiasm. In fact, Verizon has announced acceleration of its LTE deployment timetable, bringing the launch forward from 2010 to 2009. Many of the others are looking at a 2011-2012 timeframe, by which time, they hope, much of the downturn effects will have passed.

According to ABI Research senior analyst Nadine Manjaro, "ABI Research believes that NTT will also deploy LTE in Japan in 2009. We forecast that by 2013 operators will spend over $8.6 billion (around Rs.43,030 crore) on LTE base station infrastructure alone. For operators that have already deployed 3G networks, LTE will be a key CAPEX driver over the next five years."

LTE application development will also drive investment as operators work to determine which services to deploy on this high speed, low latency network.

Sprint and Verizon have both announced that they will provide third-party access to their GPS data. "The resulting new applications will tie mobility and presence aspects together to create more compelling services than in the past," says Manjaro. "This is significant because it represents the beginning of a new generation of application development which will leverage the vast amounts of data in operators' networks."

Application developers already talking to these carriers include WaveMarket, Inc. and uLocate Communications, Inc.

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