The reasoning behind this behemoth of a prediction is the expectation for operators world-wide to acknowledge that the faster data speeds of 4G will become critical for future business. “The demand for mobile data services will not go away and that's especially apparent in emerging markets that don't have wireline infrastructure. For them, wireless is a big driver,” says Neil Strother, an ABI analyst.
As reported previously, Verizon's LTE 4G technology is scheduled to debut this month across the U.S; however, it appears as though LTE's primary competitor, WiMax, is well into its operation as it has been deployed commercially for over a year and launched networks across southern Florida as recently as this past Monday. The wireless carrier Clearwire utilized WiMax to deploy services in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and Coral Gables.
ABI Research believes that the two competing 4G technologies will eventually deliver their 60 percent world-wide coverage prediction.