LTE market to really take off in 2011, says Nokia Siemens head
According to Mr Wang 70-80% of the mobile carriers and equipment manufacturers worldwide are betting on LTE to become the technology of choice for the next generation data downloads. A couple of carriers in Europe have already rolled their LTE networks into operation, NTT DoCoMo in Japan is expected to do so until year-end, and most everybody else will follow suit in 2011.
In the US, the first commercial LTE network was just turned on a few weeks ago by MetroPCS, and Verizon is expected to follow suit soon, with most of the major metropolitan areas blanketed by the end of 2011. AT&T is also expected to cover about 70 million people with its own LTE network by the middle of next year.