Mobile broadband continues to develop and succeed at a phenomenal pace. Over 99% of the world's WCDMA operators have deployed HSPA on their networks, which was achieved in just 5 years.
Migration to HSPA+ was the major trend in 2010 with more than 1 in 4 HSPA networks now with HSPA+ in commercial service.
2010 was also a good year for LTE, with ever-growing operator commitments to deploy networks, more commercial launches, and the future roadmap of LTE-Advanced gaining official approval from the ITU as an IMT-Advanced (4G) technology.
The pace of development for LTE and network deployments are expected to quicken in 2011. In addition to newly licensed spectrum becoming available for LTE (sub 1 GHz digital dividend, and 2.6 GHz) a significant momentum is building for deploying LTE systems in re-farmed existing 1800 MHz spectrum as a strategy of interest to many operators.
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