ABI Research’s latest report points to 2011 being the year of LTE. This claim is buoyed by the fact that Verizon (United States) and DoCoMo (Japan) will begin large roll-outs by the end of 2010.
“132 networks have reported trials or plans to launch LTE commercially, 32 more than the end of 2009,” ABI Research analyst Bhavya Khanna said, “Verizon has also hinted at the availability of LTE-based handsets by May 2009.”
ABI Researchers caution that this doesn’t mean the end of WiMAX just yet. There are 188 WiMAX networks in commercial or trial phases. That number will grow after India’s broadband spectrum auction in 2011. Also, Clearwire continues to build out WiMAX networks in the U.S. Their adoption is happening faster because of the launch of the HTC EVO 4G, a WiMAX-enabled handset.
The report, titled “Wireless Spectrum, Services and Technology Deployment Market Data” is a comprehensive source of information for all network providers. Also in the data is a summary of the major network supplier contracts by location and network.
It’s a detailed report that helps with future LTE deployment plans. They did a good job not to call WiMAX dead with LTE deployments. It’s long been chronicled that the two 4G technologies can coexist, but LTE will be launched large scale in 2011. AT&T, another U.S. carrier, plans on launching LTE at some point in 2011, but will upgrade to HSPA+, the natural path set forth by the 3GPP.