Some 194 operators have commercially launched LTE services in 75 countries worldwide, according to the latest report released by the GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association).
In the latest update of the Evolution to LTE report, GSA said LTE is mainstream and the fastest developing mobile system technology ever. 107 LTE networks launched commercial service in the past year. The number of countries with commercial LTE services expanded 70% in the same period.
443 operators in 130 countries are now investing in LTE, encompassing 391 firm network commitments (including networks which have launched, or are being deployed or planned) plus a further 52 operators engaged in LTE technology trials, tests or studies.
Alan Hadden, President of the GSA, stated: LTE is an industry success. We have raised our market outlook in view of the quickening pace of commitments and deployments. GSA forecasts there will be 260 commercially launched networks in 93 cou ntries by end 2013.
The majority of operators have deployed the FDD mode of the LTE standard. The most widely used band continues to be 1800 MHz (band 3) which is used in over 43% of commercially launched LTE networks. The next most popular contiguous bands are 2.6 GHz (band 7) used in 34% of networks, followed by 800 MHz band 20 (11%), and AWS band 4 (almost 9%).
GSA said that the LTE TDD is the best technology choice for operators with unpaired spectrum. 18 LTE TDD systems are commercially launched (within the total of 194) of which 50% have been deployed within combined LTE FDD and TDD networks, and this confirms a growing trend. GSA reported that 200 user devices supporting the TDD mode have been announced in the market.
LTE services are commercially available today in Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Cro atia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic. Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guam, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Paraguay, The Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, UAE, Uganda, UK, Uruguay, USA, US Virgin Islands and Uzbekistan.
The Evolution to LTE report covers both FDD and TDD modes and is independently researched and published by the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA), providing a comprehensive update of the business drivers, objectives and targets for LTE-Long Term Evolution and the evolved packet system, standardized by 3GPP and now in commercial service and mainstream, including network operator commitments and deployment/launch plans, trials, the growing devices ecosystem, spectrum requirements, developments and allocations, industry commitments to LTE-Advanced, VoLTE, and more.