Why USA is the leader of advanced wireless services and Europe has fallen behind?


Wireless and Mobile Telecommunications

Europe had been a pioneer of innovation and deployment in wireless communications for a dominant period in the history of this technology. From the first GSM standard to the first LTE network in Scandinavia, Europe led all the way. Till about 6 years ago, the European wireless market was at par or even better than the American market in certain aspects. But the scenario is changing now with the United States taking over as the leader of next-generation wireless services. Here are a couple of quick statistics to support this view. The GSM Association’s recent report estimated that 19% wireless connections in US would be on LTE by year end compared with 2% in the European Union. Wireless capital expenditure (CAPEX) has declined slightly in Europe over the past 6 years but has shot up more than 70% in US over the same period of time. While it is somewhat…

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