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Consumer demand for long-term evolution (LTE) mobile broadband is set to drive the sector in the coming years, it has been claimed.

Juniper Research said that while it is mainly businesses signing up for LTE broadband at the moment, interest is rising quickly among tablet users and other individuals.

"In the early years LTE will be dominated by the uptake of enterprise subscribers," the firm stated.

But during 2013 consumer subscribers will begin to sign up in volume and begin to overtake enterprise subscribers by 2015, it added.

According to Juniper Research, there should be 428 million LTE users worldwide by 2016 – around six per cent of the global population.

Most of this growth is expected to occur from 2012 onwards, the analyst added, with many mobile operators making preparations now in order to realise their roll out targets.

Report author Nitin Bhas said: "With LTE being offered as a premium level service initially, enterprise subscribers will be attracted by the improved data speeds and the service guarantees that will be offered.

"The emerging factor that will drive consumer take-up later in the forecast and beyond is the embedding of LTE technology in consumer devices."

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