Faster smartphones are on the way, and we're not talking about the CPU. In an interview with FierceWireless, HTC CEO Peter Chou said his firm will release a phone for LTE networks sometime in 2011.
"HTC was the first with a 3G smartphone and a 4G smartphone, and we are definitely looking to future network technologies," Chou explained.
Chou didn't reveal any other details about its upcoming LTE smartphone, saying only that it's in the wings. When exactly it launches may depend on how quickly carriers roll out and expand their LTE networks. By the end of the year, Verizon plans to have launched LTE services in 25 to 30 markets covering about 100 million people, while AT&T looks to launch LTE by the middle of next year with the goal of covering 70 million to 75 million people by the end of 2011.
Michael Concannon, Qualcomm CDMA Technologies' senior vice president of connectivity and wireless modules, told Cnet that most of the leading PC makers have chosen its Gobi modem chipsets for their laptops, with around 100 laptop models currently on the market boasting Gobi 3G modems.
According to ABI Research, a dozen operators across the globe have positioned themselves to launch LTE services in 2010. Verizon Wireless, US Cellular and MetroPCS Wireless are the three US-based operators that figure on the list.
Infrastructure equipment vendors like Huawei, NEC, Fujitsu, Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, and Starent are experiencing a windfall as operators prepare themselves to launch LTE services. However, regulatory impediments in some parts of the world mean that a large chunk of people will be deprived of this almost divine wireless bliss until regulators put the necessary spectrum on the block.