LTE will be the 4G technology standard used by the great majority of service providers, and new questions are arising as deployments gain momentum. Although 4G technologies are the next step in telecommunications and many equipment, device, and network element manufacturers companies are hoping for quick deployments, mobile service providers are going to continue using their 3G networks and getting their money's worth from these networks; by upgrading their 3G networks. Initial LTE deployments have been small and contained, intended to start the ball rolling and to test live commercial networks in certain cities. Deployments over the next three years will be mostly focused on providing faster data rates and better latencies and to provide broadband in problematic or remote areas. It will not be used for voice transport in the near future. Countries such as India will particularly benefit from LTE, and China will also have TD-LTE to complement its TD-SCDMA networks.
The report gives an LTE and LTE-Advanced standards overview and update, considering trends, network architecture, and the elements that make up architecture, as well as the different approaches and strategies that can be used to bring a service to fruition. Forecasts include device and equipment shipments broken down by region, as well as subscribers, service revenue and ARPU.