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#1 TheSentinel


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Posted 25 March 2012 - 02:22 PM

2012 is LTE's 'breakout' year
By Ed Oswald


While the buzzword in mobile in 2011 was LTE, consumers by and large did not respond to the hype. Only 6.8 million LTE devices sold worldwide -- a small drop in the bucket of annual phone sales. Strategy Analytics says that's about to change in a big way.

The firm predicts shipments will increase by a factor of ten to 67 million units in 2012. The firm expects markets in the United States, Japan and South Korea to spearhead this growth, with a broader range of devices from manufacturers including Apple, Samsung, HTC, LG, Nokia, Motorola, Pantech and Fujitsu giving consumers more options.

Apple is expected to include LTE in the next iPhone following the inclusion of 4G in the new iPad. iPhone is the top-selling phone model worldwide, and LTE compatibility will contribute a significant portion of the standard's growth in 2012. Why is Apple finally biting the bullet and joining the ranks of its competitors? It's all about adoption.

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