Bloomberg reports that Appleâ€™s focus on US has left it at a disadvantage in Europe when it came to LTE support.
While the iPhone supports LTE in USA, it does not connect to as many European LTE networks as the penta-band Nokia Lumia 920.
Nokiaâ€™s Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 allow users to access the about two dozen LTE mobile networks in western Europe, according to Strategy Analytics. The iPhone 5 only works on the LTE network of two carriers — Deutsche Telekom AG (DTE) in Germany and EE, a U.K. venture of Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom SA. (FTE)
â€œThe Lumiaâ€™s LTE connectability is going to help Nokia stand out to holiday shoppers,â€ said Johan Eidhagen, general manager of Nokia in Scandinavia.
â€œThereâ€™s more skepticism around Apple now since their new phone doesnâ€™t work with LTE,â€ said Filip Ljuboje, a salesman at a mobile-phone store in Stockholm. â€œThe 3G net is congested from so many users, so moving to LTE is a priority.â€
â€œA fast Internet connection is a must so I knew I wanted a 4G phone,â€ said Johansson, 41-year-old software developer in Stockholm. Nokiaâ€™s top-of-the-line Lumia 920 â€œwas the one.â€
â€œThere is clearly strong demand among European consumers for 4G phones,â€ said Neil Mawston, an analyst at Strategy Analytics in London. He predicts Nokia will sell 5 million Lumias in the fourth quarter, up from 2.9 million in the previous three months.
Unfortunately Nokia does not have the market all to themselves, with Samsung also strongly committed to supporting LTE in Europe.
â€œThere is definitely the possibility of a boost for us,â€ said Martin Cullberg, director of Samsungâ€™s telecom business for the Nordic region. â€œThe focus right now is to show the benefit you get by using LTE that supports all available frequencies.â€
Read more at Bloomberg here.