Traditional FD operators could use TD-LTE as an opportunity create market segmentation.
Technology factors are driving the adoption of TD-LTE as WiMAX loses both momentum and consumer device support. However, we expect 2013 to be a key year for TD-LTE deployments. TD-LTE support is provided by all major equipment vendors, and device support is expected to increase significantly in 2013 as networks are launched in China, India and the USA. China Mobile, the world's largest operator by subscribers (approximately 703 million as of November 2012), carried out a large-scale TD-LTE trial in 2012 and is poised to launch a commercial network in 2013.
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Chris Nicoll (Principal Analyst) is the lead analyst for Analysys Mason's Wireless Networks and Spectrum research programmes. His primary areas of specialisation include wireless access technologies, wireless traffic forecasting, mobile infrastructure and operator strategy. Chris has more than 20 years of expertise as a leader in defining telecoms strategy. Prior to joining Analysys Mason, Chris held Principal Analyst positions at ACG Research and Nicoll Consulting, where he developed marketing strategy and positioning for leading telecoms operators. At Yankee Group, Chris was a member of the Yankee Group Research Council and provided thought leadership to the research organisation. At Lucent and Alcatel-Lucent, Chris was director of strategic marketing, overseeing the company's corporate positioning and messaging, including public affairs and analyst relations. Chris also led the Telecom Infrastructure team at Current Analysis, where he developed a global analyst team, as well as oversaw consulting engagements and managed client relationships. Chris has also held marketing and network engineering positions at Netrix, Tymnet and Visual Networks. Chris holds a BS in Communications with minors in Computer Science, Psychology and Marketing from Florida State University.