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4G LTE Set to Deliver Connectivity to Cars: Telematics Update and 4G Americas Team Up

by david.nunes

4G LTE Set to Deliver Connectivity to

Cars: Telematics Update and 4G

Americas Team Up

76% of Industry Execs Expect All New Vehicles to

be Telematics Connected by 2022

BELLEVUE, Wash. and LONDON – Telematics Update reports on the significant impact that 4G LTE is set to have on the uptake of telematics services due to LTE’s network stability and coverage. The impact will be significant as 76 percent of all surveyed automotive industry executives expect all new vehicles to be telematics connected by 2022.

Leading wireless industry association, 4G Americas, representing the 3GPP family of technologies, including LTE, announced that there are currently 225 commercial LTE networks in 85 countries worldwide. Based on operator commitments, that number will increase to more than 464 LTE networks in the coming years. LTE is the global next generation mobile technology that is progressing faster than any previous mobile broadband technology.

Vicki Livingston, Head of Communications at 4G Americas, commented, “Particularly in the North American market, LTE is becoming mainstream and coverage in the U.S. is now nationwide. The U.S. has emerged as the worldwide leader in LTE connections and innovations are being developed to keep future LTE networks efficient, effective, fast and reliable.” She continued, “It is not surprising that OEMs are looking at the benefits of LTE for the connected car.”

Telematics Update noted that Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) have taken a piecemeal approach to the connected car because of a lack of guaranteed connectivity. That has changed today; many OEMs are analyzing what 4G LTE will provide in terms of network stability and coverage. LTE makes internet connections more responsive, allowing for the transmission of large files and video much more quickly than 3G.

4G Americas is endorsing Telematics Update’s Content & Apps for Automotive USA 2013 Conference, with Chris Pearson, President of 4G Americas, speaking and moderating a panel titled, “The Passenger: Thinking Beyond the Driver.”  Chris Pearson commented, “We are pleased to be working with Telematics Update on their leading conference for the automotive industry—one of the key vertical markets to be positively influenced and improved with the advent of faster mobile broadband connectivity.”

Some OEMs are already on board with LTE according to Telematics Update. For example, Toyota feels that planning for LTE will be the way forward, yet maintains its hybridized approach. OEMs want to experience how the LTE network performs when confronted with significant vehicle volume on the road as the acid test of whether OEMs and software suppliers are able to move applications fully into the cloud to be streamed, or if they can remain bound to smartphone connectivity through the tethered/embedded combination.  The debate with connected car leaders will be the topic of discussion at the Content & Apps for Automotive USA 2013 Conference, December 11-12 in San Francisco. The conference is North America’s largest event dedicated to automotive content and it is prepared tackle how OEMs, content providers and network operators can harness this high speed vehicle connectivity to deliver up to the moment content and applications to the connected car.

For the complete Content & Apps for Automotive 2013 conference program and speaker line-up, visit: http://www.telematicsupdate.com/content-services-mobile-apps/index.php.

About 4G Americas: Unifying the Americas through Mobile Broadband Technology

4G Americas is an industry trade organization composed of leading telecommunications service providers and manufacturers. The organization’s mission is to promote, facilitate and advocate for the deployment and adoption of the 3GPP family of technologies throughout the Americas. 4G Americas contributes to the successful commercial rollout of 3GPP mobile broadband technologies across the Americas and their place as the No. 1 technology family in the region. The organization aims to develop the expansive wireless ecosystem of networks, devices, and applications enabled by GSM and its evolution to LTE. 4G Americas is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington. More information is available at www.4gamericas.org.

4G Americas’ Board of Governors members include: Alcatel-Lucent, América Móvil, AT&T, BlackBerry, Cable & Wireless, Cisco, CommScope, Entel, Ericsson, Gemalto, HP, Mavenir, Nokia Solutions and Networks, Openwave Mobility, Qualcomm, Rogers, T-Mobile USA and Telefónica.

About Telematics Update

Telematics Update Conferences are the most prestigious in the industry. We produce the largest telematics events in North America, Europe & Asia, and attract the most influential speakers providing a rich environment for establishing strategic relationships and networking.

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