Netbooks and tablets enabled with fourth-generation Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology will account for a fifth of the market by 2015, according to new estimates from Juniper Research.
The company said that 20 per cent of LTE subscribers have aligned with the mobile standard thanks to its high data rates and reduced latency for use in netbooks, digital cameras, games consoles, laptops and smartphones.
"Juniper's view is that mobile operators will be keen to embed a wide variety of devices with broadband wireless connectivity, because they see this as a route to stave off declines in average revenue per user," said Howard Wilcox, a senior analyst at Juniper.
"Our forecasts show that there will be roughly as many LTE netbooks and tablets combined as laptops by 2015."
However, there remain "many hurdles" to overcome before LTE creates a "step change in the connectivity of consumers", according to Wilcox.
The most likely applications for increased LTE use are video streaming and online gaming, which Juniper believes are natural fits for handheld devices and will benefit from higher data delivery speeds.
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