Mobile phone operators have reduced their spending on network equipment, but the decision is likely to have little or no impact of 4G LTE deployment.

According to ABI Research, mobile phone customers will still be able to access high-speed mobile internet as network owners are still investing heavily in gateway equipment.

The organisation claims that mobile gateway spend for 4G will account for 60 per cent of total network equipment expenditure – highlighting the importance of LTE to operators and consumers.

In the UK, the government's telecoms regulator Ofcom is preparing to auction off the country's 4G network spectrum. O2, Vodafone and Everything Everywhere all have plans to buy up the spectrum.

Commenting on the desire for universal, mobile access to the internet, Aditya Kaul, practice director of mobile networks at ABI Research, said: "The insatiable demand for mobile broadband data and smartphones is putting pressure on the scalability and reliability of mobile core elements, which will ultimately drive operators to upgrade their mobile core."

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