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Posted by Katyayan Gupta on April 11, 2012
Airtel launched India’s first 4G LTE services in Kolkata yesterday. Airtel delivers the service using TDD technology, making it one of the few operators globally to launch a TD-LTE network. The majority of commercial LTE launches are still based on FDD technology, which begs the question: What impact will TDD have on the LTE landscape? Will TD-LTE get support from equipment manufacturers, or will it suffer a fate similar to that of WiMAX? What does it mean for operators? I believe that TDD will affect the entire mobile ecosystem. Here’s how:
I have recently written a report (soon to be published) on the TD-LTE market in Asia Pacific, in which I describe why APAC is crucial for the development of the TD-LTE standard. The report also provides subscriber and direct service revenue forecasts from 2012 to 2018, broken out by key markets, including China, Japan, India, and the rest of the region. We estimate that India will have nearly 32 million TD-LTE subscribers by 2017. I will update this post with the link to my report once it’s available. So keep checking back!
Well, my report is now live. You can access it here. Happy to hear your comments/feedback.