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ROC to hold 21% share of global market for LTE small cells

TAIPEI--Taiwan is expected to hold a 21-percent share of the global market for 4G LTE small cell base stations this year, with an expected annual output of 580,000 units, researchers at Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) predicted Tuesday.

LTE (an acronym for Long Term Evolution), is commonly marketed as 4G LTE. It is a standard for wireless communication of high-speed data for mobile phones and data terminals.

The year will mark the beginning of a global surge in small cells, a facility used for mobile data traffic, with an expected sale of around 3.01 million units worldwide, the ITRI's Industrial Economics and Knowledge Research Center (IEK) forecast.

Global sales will jump to 43.35 million units by 2018, the IEK predicted.

Taiwan alone is expected to generate revenues of NT$107.7 billion (US$3.6 billion) this year from its global marketing of small cells, the IEK said, predicting that the revenues will grow to NT$496 billion within four years.

Most of the small cells produced in Taiwan will be made under original design manufacturing (ODM) contracts, the IEK said.

According to the IEK, as part of a growing trend among telecommunication network operators to seek upgrades to the 4G LTE system, the number of 4G LTE users around the world is expected to reach 360 million households this year, double the number of last year.

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