In a packed room at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas, Texas, Mike Roberts, principal analyst and head of Americas at Informa Telecoms & Media, welcomed attendees of the LTE North America 2010 conference. This year’s event brings together more than 450 members of the wireless ecosystem, 52% of which are senior executives. These individuals represent more than 120 leading carriers, including: AT&T, Cellcom, Cellular South, Clearwire, MetroPCS Communications, Mobi PCS, NTT DoCoMo, Orascom Telecom, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile USA, TeliaSonera, TELUS Mobility, TELUS Terrestar Networks, U.S. Cellular, Verizon Wireless, and Zain Telecommunications Company.
Roberts’ presentation, which was entitled ‘LTE: Fact & Fiction’, provided a foundation for many of the industry’s LTE questions which are expected to be addressed at this two-day conference. Highlights from the opening session included:
• LTE is here – look at MetroPCS’ recent deployments in Dallas and Las Vegas.
• LTE will NOT take over the mobile market. Operators have other technologies in mind that will work sufficiently for years to come.
• The speed that LTE is expected to bring will not directly equate to more revenue. LTE won’t mean anything to carriers and consumers alike unless services that users want to use are launched on the new network.
• LTE is expected to take off faster in the U.S. due to high mobile broadband penetration.
• The U.S. will be the top LTE market globally through the year 2015.
To learn more about the LTE North America 2010 conference, please visit http://americas.lteconference.com/.