4G to start to take off in 2012

The roll-out of 4G networks will get underway by 2012, with the number of LTE mobile broadband subscribers expected to exceed 300 million globally by 2015, according to a report from Juniper Research

The roll-out of 4G networks will get underway by 2012, with the number of LTE mobile broadband subscribers expected to exceed 300 million globally by 2015, according to a report from Juniper Research.

LTE mobile networks promise to provide businesses and consumers with dramatically increased speeds and the capacity to combat the effects of the mobile data traffic explosion such as network crashes, according to Juniper.

However, only one in every 20 subscribers will be using such networks by 2015.

Howard Wilcox, author of the report, said, "Although this is low overall, usage levels will be significantly higher in regions such as North America, where levels will be closer to one in five as major operators plan roll-outs in the next six months."

LTE's main markets will be the developed nations of North America, Western Europe, the Far East and China, which together will account for 90% of the market by 2015.

While 4G phones have been released in the US, they have yet to be rolled out in the UK. However, Samsung is rumoured to be launching a handset at the end of the year.

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