30 May '12, 6pm

Insufficient baseband chip supply hurting LTE smartphone sales

Insufficient baseband chip supply hurting LTE smartphone sales

Since there has been greater than originally expected demand for LTE (Long Term Evolution) smartphones (and tablets), international vendors, including Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics and HTC are worried that their shipments are not enough to meet demand due to short supply of LTE solution chips from Qualcomm, currently the only provider of integrated multimode 3G/4G LTE baseband chips. The main cellular carriers promoting LTE are Verizon Wireless, AT&T and Sprint in the US market, Rogers in Canada, SK Telecom, KT and LG+ in South Korea and NTT DoCoMo in Japan. LTE mobile broadband services are also available in seven countries in Western Europe. At present, there are 72 commercialized LTE networks in 37 countries, with an expected 134 networks in 57 countries by the end of 2012. Global demand for LTE smartphones in 2012 is estimated to grow by 275 percent to 26 to 28 m...

Full article: http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-news/4374081/Insuffici...

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