Rather see this bandwidth for higher data plan sizes than stupidly fast rates.
I don't need my LTE to be faster than my home WiFi, if I only get 2GB a month ...
your home wifi needs to be connected to something.... and for most people, they are paying $70+ a month for cable+internet.
Consider this: If you can get 'TV Content', Internet, wireless data, and unlimited calling, all for $100/month, would you drop your Cable TV/Internet, and drop a Mifi box in your domicile?
Why? the mashup of Moore's/Metcalfe's Laws is that the cost of bits in motion between two nodes halves every XX months. You'll either get 2X the data in speed or volume at the same price.
so I figure in 3 years, you'll get 20mb/s (2x top end HSPA+ 'real' speeds) data at 1/2 the current price with the same limits as today, or 4X (40mb/s real speeds.... remember the backhaul has to keep up with the bandwidth and the congestion) at the same price.
So in 3 years, you'll start seeing that enter into the competition (in the US), as soon as someone (Verizon, ATT) sees Sprint as a Serious Competitor. Once there is a universal LTE-A iPhone, the cost of moving becomes even lower.
40mbps.... that's pretty spiffy fast. fast enough to consider a $100/month unlimited data contract for my phone, iPad, and a 'mifi' box, and cut the cableTV cord that is costing me $90 a month, on top of my current ATT contract.
So... The key is to consider the 'cut the cable' people, because at that point... wireless providers are in direct competition with cable/DSL companies. In most markets, ATT/Verizon would be in direct competition with comcast, charter, etc. with the presence of a mifi device in the home.
Which will make iTunes, NetFlix, etc. become crazy hot commodities.
3 years... Look for the long game.
With the speeds I was getting when visiting Texas, hey need to get LTE-A! And this was in AT&T's backyard! My 3G here in the Middle East was faster than the LTE in Texas. (I won't say all of America. I've heard of awesome speeds.)
2 words: Backhaul network.
ATT's internal network to Internet is choked, as that's that last thing they build out (more towers, LTE on the towers, bigger pipes to their Internet Exchange.... then and only then connect bigger pipes from these towers to the Internet Exchange). In Minneapolis, it took 2 years to get 3G to work at all at 3-5pm downtown. The choke point was it's intertower backhaul network. It was almost comical.