ABI Research, the guys who recently promised us that Windows Phone will account for just 2% of app downloads in 2012, are back with another prediction.
While they acknowledge that uptake of 4G in Western Europe has been slow, ABI reckons a whopping 87 million 4G devices will ship worldwide this year.
Of that 87 million, 61 million are expected to be 4G smartphones, with the remaining 26 million being comprised of mobile broadband dongles and that.
The report suggests that customers in Western Europe are put off by the premium prices for 4G handsets and tariffs. Of course, some of us (ahem) still don’t have bloomin’ 4G.
"As evidenced by the Australian iPad 3 promotion fiasco, when iPad 3s were being promoted as being 'LTE-ready,' even though the modem is unable to access the Australian LTE spectrum band, the number of LTE spectrum bands will hamper initial pricing and product roll-out," screamed Philip Solis, ABI research director, mobile devices.
If ABI’s prediction is on the money, that 87 million figure will mark a 294% year-on-year increase. ‘Citing.
Meanwhile, in the UK…