LTE and Wimax vie for 4G supremacy

29 Oct 2008
00:00

With ultra-mobile broadband (UMB) left behind, long-term evolution (LTE) and Wimax will battle as fourth-generation or 4G mobile technologies, according to In-Stat.

However, both 4G technologies, meaning those technologies that are expected to meet the requirements of IMT-Advanced, are far from being commercially deployed, In-Stat noted.

Both LTE Advanced and 802.16m Wimax are being specially crafted to offer 100Mbps mobile throughput and 1Gbps stationary throughput.

These extremely high throughput capabilities are expected to be a critical part of the ITU's IMT-Advanced requirements, In-Stat said.

'Mobile Wimax effectively came on the scene in 2006 with South Korea's WiBro; the earliest commercial LTE deployment will be in 2009,' said analyst Gemma Tedesco.

'Overall, In-Stat expects that mobile Wimax will ultimately outpace LTE over the next few years due to timing of network roll-outs,' she said.

Also, the success of the Sprint/Clearwire mobile Wimax roll-out is expected to have a huge effect on whether or not large worldwide operators will roll out mobile Wimax.

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