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Cellcos are in love with M2M again as LTE draws near and new apps present themselves. The catch: the reality behind the hype is no less sobering than it was the first time

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THE SIGNAL
Peak speeds may be a great marketing hook for wireless broadband customers, but the user experience - independent of the actual throughput - is what keeps them from churning
RESEARCH NOTES
LTE won't be mainstream for several more years, but cellcos have various reasons for starting their investments sooner rather than later
APPLICATIONS FOCUS
The key enabler to ramping up M2M is the development of drop-in networks that provide cost effective, seamless connectivity to most any device and application
TECH FOCUS
3G operators in China and India face different challenges in avoiding the 3G dilemma of rising capacity costs and disproportionate revenue increases
ANALYST VIEW
Voice will be important in an LTE world, as a data-only service will fast become a commodity and the business case is weakened if voice and data are not supported on a single network
TECH PERSPECTIVE
Forget LTE - "real" 4G will come with LTE-Advanced, which will provide peak data rates equal to or greater than fixed-line networks
TECH SPOTLIGHT
Don't wait for LTE to start evolving your packet core