Surge in Asia Pacific LTE with new 2010 launches


Asia Pacific builds LTE momentum with new launches by NTT DoCoMo in Japana and CSL in Hong Kong

LTE connections in Asia Pacific will exceed 120 million by 2015, according to data by Wireless Intelligence. Growth will be spearheaded by China, expected to account for 57.9 million of the number.

The three largest LTE markets in the region behind China will be Japan, Indonesia and South Korea. Significant growth is also anticipated in Australia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan.

GSMA chief marketing officer Michael O’Hara said: “LTE continues to enjoy strong growth in Asia Pacific with clear intentions from NTT DoCoMo and CSL to launch LTE this year.

“An additional 36 LTE networks are planned. This is reflective of the rise in consumer demand for data, the absence of fixed infrastructure and the need for network capacity to enable next-generation mobile services.”