ABI Research Shows LTE Gains Already Surpassing WiMAX Install Base
In South Korea, the United States, and Japan, the number of LTE subscribers surpassed that of WiMAX subscribers in 4Q11, 1Q12, and 2Q12, respectively. The findings are part of new market data from market intelligence firm ABI Research detailing the mobile broadband transition.
"Japan, South Korea, and the United States used to have strong mobile WiMAX proponents, so while the momentum and future of WiMAX and LTE are clear, it is somewhat surprising to see how long the subscriber crossover has actually taken," says research director Phil Solis. "In mid-2014, even subscribers to LTE in TDD mode will have surpassed WiMAX subscribers at which point WiMAX subscribers will begin their permanent, slow decline."
Now that practically every Android phone and Windows Phone handset ships with an LTE modem, coupled with the fact that the new iPhone 5 also uses LTE, it's pretty much a given that LTE is going nowhere but up. And with speeds besting even some home internet connections, we aren't surprised. One has to wonder how long it'll be before LTE is surpasses by something even greater, no?