LTE set to deck WiMAX sales

The scrap between LTE and WiMAX looks set to favour the former over the latter as vendors decide exactly what constitutes 4G.

That’s the conclusion of market research firm IDC, in a report that forecasts a dozen new LTE networks will go live this year and spending will exceed WiMAX spending by the end of next year.

Over 100 operators support LTE and nine of those are the largest mobile operators in the globe. Godfrey Chua, research manager at IDC, said: “The world is coalescing around the LTE standard as a result of its promise to increase speed and capacity.”

But that doesn’t mean it’s clear skies ahead for LTE, IDC thinks. Spectra remain unclear but LTE has the ability to lower data delivery costs.

There’s an equipment war between Chinese firm Huawei and Ericsson, and Nokia Siemens and Alcatel Lucent are behind in the race.

One advantage of LTE as the 4G standard means it will provide capacity support for 3G networks.

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