The GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association) says there are now 180 operators in 70 countries which are deploying, trialing or evaluating LTE.
However, such impressive figures mask the fact that most carriers will stick with tests or small scale 'hotzone' roll-outs for several years.
Several cellcos are playing down the first mover ad

Caroline Gabriel/Rethink Wireless
This week the Australian government cut a deal to get the NBN passed, while Apple called off its embedded SIM plan.
The Australian NBN looks certain to go ahead after the legislation passed the Senate.

Robert Clark