LTE subscriptions passed the 1 billion subscription mark during the final quarter of 2015 and are set to continue strong double-digit growth for the next five years, according to global analyst firm Ovum.Ovum’s latest research reveals that the overall count is top heavy, with five countries accounting for nearly three-quarters of all subscriptions. China is by far the biggest driver for growth, accounting for half of net additions during the last quarter and 35% of the total.Growth will remain robust through 2020, as China’s fellow BRIC members and Indonesia rise into the top 10 to dominate net additions and maintain annual LTE subscription growth rates well above 20%. Of particular significance is the rapid rate of LTE adoption, which has taken around half as long as W-CDMA to reach various milestones.Reaching 1 billion LTE subscriptions has taken less than 6 years compared with more than 10 years required for W-CDMA. This highlights just how critical wireless data speeds have become, as operators aggressively roll out 4G networks to meet consumer demand for capacity, which continues unabated. According to Ovum the number of LTE subscriptions will double by 2017 and triple by 2019 as smartphones become cheaper and mobile broadband services become more and more indispensable. The majority of 2G subscribers will become a rarity, with 3G and 4G accounting for 85% of all subscriptions by end-2020.
Odion Jude Ighalo smilingOdion Ighalo has revealed that he idolised former Manchester United strikers Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole as a youngster and modelled his game on them as a professional as talks over his future at Old Trafford rages on.Ighalo, a boyhood United supporter, made a surprise January move to join the Red Devils on loan from Shanghai Shenhua taking a massive pay cut to make the move possible.The 30-year-old former Super Eagles striker told United’s official website that following in the footsteps of his childhood heroes in gracing the turf at Old Trafford is a privilege.“Well, I had a lot of football heroes. When I started supporting Man United, Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole were my heroes growing up. And some Nigerian players as well like Jay-Jay Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu,” the former Watford striker said. ”They are great players, they were my heroes growing up and I watched them on TV. It is a great privilege for me to play at Man United, where great players like Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole have played.”As he began his professional career, Ighalo said that he studiously analysed the way in which the pair played and learnt much from dissecting their performances. He said: ”Yeah, I would say that as a striker I watched Andy Cole a lot and Dwight Yorke. They were great strikers and scored a lot of goals. ”So I would watch their movements, the way they played, the way they created space for themselves, watching the way they met crosses behind defenders. I learned all of that and it has helped me a lot in my football career.”Ighalo would hope to enjoy a fraction of the success at Old Trafford as Yorke and Cole who won a sackful of trophies at United and were both part of the club’s treble-winning side in the 1998-99 season. Yorke scored 66 goals in 147 games for United, while Cole found the net 121 times in 275 appearances. Ighalo has so far scored four goals in his eight appearances for United before football in England was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.His performances have quickly turned him into a fan-favourite and United boss Ole Gunnar Solksjaer confirmed that plans are afoot to sign Ighalo permanently after his loan deal expires.The player himself has signalled his intention to remain with the Red Devils despite a reported £400,000 offer to extend his contract with his parent club.Ighalo left no one in doubt about where his preference lies after he replied in the affirmative to a fan who wanted to know if he would sign a permanent deal were United to offer him one.Related”It’s A Reality Now” – Odion Ighalo Arrives At Manchester United (Video)February 2, 2020In “England”“Ronaldo: I’d Spend Countless HOURS WATCHING Ighalo on Youtube…He’s My Model” Nigerians Go Berserk As Former S’Eagles Striker Registers 4th Man Utd GoalMarch 13, 2020In “Europa League”Ighalo Is Proving Me Wrong Ex Man Utd Striker Berbatov AdmitsMarch 8, 2020In “England”