ZTE has introduced two new 4G mobile routers with data download speeds of 110 Megabits per second for users in Japan.
The ZTE Pocket WiFi SoftBank 203Z and Pocket WiFi (GL09P) 4G routers, which are made available by major Japanese operators SoftBank and eAccess respectively, are powered by Qualcomm’s new Gobi chipset, supporting LTE Advanced and carrier aggregation technology.
The new ZTE mobile routers offer multi-network compatibility, supporting three network types – AXGP, FDD-LTE and W-CDMA. Both support simultaneous connections by as many as 14 users, and are equipped with an 5,000 mAh high-capacity battery, allowing 900 hours of standby time and 14 hours of continuous use.
Out of 470 LTE commitments tracked by ABI Research, 193 have gone commercial. Over the next two years, another 123 network commitments are expected to do likewise. Additionally, ABI Research is currently tracking 69 LTE-TDD commitments.
“By 2018, LTE deployments should deliver population coverage of 57 percent (4.2 billion) and 31 percent (2.3 billion) in legacy WCDMA and CDMA2000 markets respectively. Significantly, LTE-TDD coverage should achieve 49 percent population coverage by the end of the five year period,” said Jake Saunders, Vice President – Core Forecasting at ABI Research.
These coverage targets will be driven by macrocells and small cells. By 2018, the number of LTE macrocell base stations will reach 2.43m to achieve the population coverage targets. Small cells are an integral part of the LTE operator’s network strategy. As a result, ABI Research estimates that 18,000 LTE outdoor small cells will ship in 2013, and will expand to 986,000 by 2018.