Per-bit total cost of ownership of Wi-Fi hotspots is about half that of small cells for LTE and 10 percent of 3G small cells, according to a new report developed by Senza Fili Consulting and commissioned by Wi-Fi Alliance .
North American LTE users gobble up on average 46 MB per day of mobile data, or 168 percent more than 3G users, who consume 17 MB per day, according to research from Alcatel-Lucent.
Japan's total mobile infrastructure market skyrocketed 78 percent during 2012, thanks largely to a dedicated push by NTT DoCoMo, KDDI and Softbank to rollout LTE nationwide, according to a report from Infonetics.
The small cell market is bifurcating between public access and metrocell equipment vs. consumer-grade femtocells, resulting in two distinct roadmaps for sales of baseband processors for small cells, according to ABI Research.
3 UK, the UK's smallest mobile operator, said the quality of its 3G network will stop its data-hungry subscribers defecting to rival LTE services before it turns on its own 4G network. The operator expects to launch LTE toward the end of 2013.
Members of the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) will gain access to one-of-a-kind LTE data roaming hub developed by Transaction Network Services (TNS).
TowerScan, which began as a summer intern project during the summer of 2011, has already become a key tool used by AT&T to assess the impact of tower outages on the actual customer experience.
ZTE is to take a more substantial role in the LTE expansion of KPN's German operation E-Plus.
EE, the UK's first LTE operator said that subscribers to the new service are spending on average 10 per cent more each month. However, the company ducked questions on how many actual LTE customers it has.
New entrants in the UK will presumably undercut EE, and 3 UK has already stated that it will not impose a premium for LTE. However, charging a premium or even matching the price of 3G could be a struggle for European operators.