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Latest Statistic on Global LTE/3G/GSM Networks

Below are the latest statistic on the status of GSM, 3G/HSPA/HSPA+ and LTE mobile networks, devices availability and subscriptions growth worldwide.

  • 561 GSM/EDGE network commitments in 198 countries; 545 networks launched in 198 countries (GSA survey: April 8, 2011)
  • 100% of WCDMA operators worldwide have also deployed HSPA
  • 410 HSPA operators commercially launched in 162 countries (GSA survey: July 18, 2011)
  • 287 commercial HSPA networks (70%), support 7.2 Mbps (peak DL) or higher
  • 166 HSUPA networks commercially launched in 78 countries, plus another 8 network commitments/deployments (GSA survey: July 18, 2011), which means over 40% of HSPA operators have launched HSUPA
  • 92 HSUPA networks support up to 5.8 Mbps peak UL and another 9 networks support 11.5 Mbps peak
  • HSPA Evolution (HSPA+) is mainstream. There are 193 HSPA+ network commitments in 83 countries (GSA survey: July 18, 2011)
  • 136 HSPA+ networks have entered commercial service in 69 countries, which means 33% of HSPA operators have commercially launched HSPA+
  • GSA forecasts there will be at least 170 commercial HSPA+ systems by end 2011
  • 34 commercial UMTS900 operators launched in 25 countries i.e. HSPA launched in the 900 MHz band; note that some operators have launched HSPA+. (GSA survey: July 27, 2011)
  • At least 51 countries now permit or are considering allowing UMTS900 system deployments

Mobile HD Voice

  • Mobile HD Voice (W-AMR): 20 commercial networks launched in 18 countries (GSA report – June 3, 2011)
  • 53 models of HSPA phones support HD Voice, several of which are today shipping with HD Voice activated as default (GSA HSPA Devices survey – August 4, 2011)

Devices

  • 3,227 HSDPA devices launched by 264 suppliers (GSA HSPA Devices survey – August 4, 2011)
  • 648 products were launched over the past 12 months, confirming over 25% annual growth
  • 2,511 devices support 3.6 Mbps peak or higher (excl. notebooks, e-book readers)
  • 1,698 devices support 7.2 Mbps peak or higher (excl. notebooks, e-book readers)
  • 1,184 HSUPA devices launched (excl. notebooks, e-book readers)
  • 2,457 HSPA devices (90%) operate in 2100 MHz band (excl. notebooks, e-book readers)
  • 1,260 HSPA devices operate in 850 MHz band (excl. notebooks, e-book readers)
  • 922 tri-band HSPA devices 850/1900/2100 MHz (excl. notebooks, e-book readers)
  • 663 HSPA devices operate in 900 MHz band (UMTS900). Over 24% of HSPA devices operate in the 900 MHz band (excl. notebooks, e-book readers)
  • 1,093 HSPA devices incorporate 802.11 WiFi (excl. notebooks, e-book readers)
  • 945 HSPA devices incorporate GPS or A-GPS positioning functionality
  • 182 HSPA+ devices launched in the market (compared to 50 one year previously)
  • Over 72% of HSPA network operator commitments also committed to EDGE and over 85% of HSDPA devices also support GSM/EDGE
  • 100 dual-mode HSPA/LTE devices launched, including 52 LTE/DC-HSPA+ devices
  • 161 LTE user devices have been launched by 45 manufacturers (GSA report: July 29, 2011)

LTE NETWORKS (FDD and TDD)

  • 174 LTE network commitments in 64 countries (GSA survey: August 31, 2011 and later news updates)
  • Includes 31 commercially launched LTE networks
  • 63 additional pre-commitment operator trials in 21 more countries
  • Taken together it means 237 operators are investing in LTE in 85 countries
  • At least 93 LTE networks are expected to be in commercial service by end 2012

Mobile subscriptions statistics: Q2 2011

(Data is at September 22, 2011 provided to GSA by Informa Telecoms & Media)

  • 5.1 billion GSM, WCDMA/HSPA and LTE (i.e. 3GPP systems family) subscriptions
  • GSM, WCDMA/HSPA and LTE has 89.6% worldwide mobile subscriptions market share
  • 753 million WCDMA subscriptions globally including 467 million HSPA subs
  • 2 million LTE subscriptions
[Source]– Latest GSA surveys and reports

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