IMO, ALU has the products 4G LTE needs. The US and Asia have the money now to expand and upgrade infrastructure for LTE-A... the EU will follow.
Article: 4G LTE revenues are set to hit more than $340 billion by 2017 globally, compared to just over $75 billion this year, according to Juniper Research. This figure will represent approximately 31% of total service revenues from all mobile services of all generations (2G/3G/4G) at that time, and reflects the continued success of LTE in serving higher value subscribers, says the think tank.
The new report finds that with LTE gaining momentum over the past 12 months, initially dominated by the enterprise segment, consumer subscribers will begin to sign up for services in volume this year
(2013) and will overtake the enterprise subscriber numbers in 2015.
The new Juniper report, 4G LTE: Subscribers, Devices, Infrastructure & Service Revenue 2013-2017, found that with the increased penetration of LTE capable smartphones and other connected devices, Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) will need to develop clear pricing strategies to transition customers.
"Overall they will have to present customers with innovative services that will meet users' requirements and, crucially, that users will attach value to. Operators will have to review their tariff structures to balance the need to monetise the greatly increased data throughput, yet still offer attractive packages," said report author Nitin Bhas.
For example, Bhas noted that with spectrum auctions underway in the UK, EE felt obliged to cut down its initial LTE pricing by approximately 14% within weeks of their network launch while Three UK
has already announced 4G access at no extra cost.
With the twin spectrum issues - timing of availability and the cost of the spectrum - playing pivotal roles in deciding the speed of LTE rollouts (as has happened in the USA and the UK), 4G LTE can represent a substantial investment that will take several years to recoup. This is however critical, bearing in mind that at the outset only a comparatively small number of subscribers will be LTE capable, says Juniper Research.
Other key report findings:
• The vast majority of LTE revenues (almost 70%) will be generated by North American and Far Eastern & China markets.
• While LTE consumer subscribers will exceed enterprise in 2015, the consumer segment will only account for under half of total revenues.
LTE-A over fat pipes of spectrum allow download speeds faster than home internet connections. That creates network congestion and the need for backhaul. ALU makes the small cells that relieve network congestion at the source; optical networks that run at speeds of 17.6 TBps for backhaul; and routers that work 4 times faster than the competition.
ALU has the products to support the coming 4G LTE world standard...