Long-Term Evolution (LTE) – or 4G – has represented an important growth opportunity for the mobile industry, and many operators around the world have invested heavily in rolling out the technology. It has been quickly adopted in many markets and the deployment of LTE was in fact, was one of fastest technology migrations ever seen.
However, there is still vast room for growth with only around a quarter of mobile users globally using 4G LTE. LTE technology is expected to carry most of the mobile traffic for at least the next decade - alongside a slow transition to 5G.
WiFi has also established itself as the quiet achiever in the mobile broadband arena. Today, most heavy broadband use of smartphones and tablets takes place in homes, offices, airports, schools, universities, internet cafes and so forth - and in most of these situations the WiFi networks are used for this, not the mobile networks.
Key developments linked to the next generation networks, based on wireless technologies such as LTE, 5G and Wi-Fi as well as fibre broadband technology, will include M2M and IoT infrastructure, facilitating the development of smart homes, buildings and cities.
This BuddeComm Intelligence report provides unique and valuable information on 4G LTE and WiFi technologies including future roles and potential uses, industry developments, regional comparisons and statistics and challenges. For information on 5G, please see separate BuddeComm report: BuddeComm Intelligence Report - 5G Global Trends and Leading Regional Countries.
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Last updated 14 Feb 2018
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