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Long-term evolution (LTE) will become the leading fourth-generation mobile broadband technology, it has been reported.

According to market intelligence firm iSuppli, there will be 303.1 million LTE subscribers worldwide by 2014, with many accessing download speeds in excess of 100Mb.

In comparison, just 33.4 million customers will receive 4G broadband via WiMAX technology, the company predicted.

"With WiMAX enjoying a two to three-year head start in next-generation network deployments, it presently enjoys a major advantage in market share in the 4G segment," said Francis Sideco, Principal Analyst at iSuppli.

"However, with LTE supported by most of the leading wireless operators worldwide, it will rise to surpass WiMAX in 2012 and then dominate worldwide during the following years."

UK consumers may have to wait until at least 2014 to take advantage of LTE broadband, with regulatory issues slowing down the deployment process on domestic shores.

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