Long-Term Evolution made last year’s Most Anticipated Tech list, but its dynamic, evolving nature and growing importance have earned it a spot this year as well. Why? Because a single 4G wireless standard will simplify life for consumers and carriers alike.
The good news is that we’ll be moving close to that goal in 2012. Sprint and its 4G mobile partner, Clearwire, are transitioning from WiMax to LTE, the same technology that AT&T and Verizon Wireless use. Both AT&T and Verizon expect to upgrade their respective 3G coverage areas to 4G by the end of 2013. Meanwhile, fledgling wireless provider LightSquared, which uses a hybrid satellite-LTE network, plans to offer 4G service via wireless partners such as Best Buy and Leap Wireless.
Let’s hope we see a 4G-enabled iPhone next year, too.