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GSA confirms 72 commercial LTE networks launched, LTE will enter mainstream in 2012

by david.nunes


GSA confirms 72 commercial LTE networks launched, LTE will enter mainstream in 2012

May 8, 2012

: The GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association) has published an update to its Evolution to LTE report which confirms 319 operators have committed to commercial LTE network deployments or are engaged in trials, technology testing or studies. The report covers LTE FDD and LTE TDD system modes.

258 firm commercial LTE network deployments are either in deployment, commercially launched, or are planned in 84 countries. Another 61 operators in 13 additional countries are engaged in LTE technology trials, tests or studies.

72 LTE operators have launched commercial services, including 25 networks launched so far in 2012. Commercial LTE services are available today in 37 countries, in developing and developed markets in all regions: Angola, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Japan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, UAE, Uruguay, USA, and Uzbekistan.

Alan Hadden, President of the GSA, said: “52 operators launched commercial LTE service in the past 12 months and dozens more operators are preparing to commercially launch LTE networks this year. With hundreds of LTE user devices available now, addressing all market segments with fast subscriptions growth, LTE will enter a new phase as a mainstream technology in 2012.”

LTE commercial network launches per year:

2009 = 2 networks launched
2010 = 15 networks launched (year-end cumulative total = 17)
2011 = 30 networks launched (year-end cumulative total = 47)
2012 to May 8th = 25 networks launched (total to date = 72)

GSA end 2012 forecast = 134 networks in 57 countries

The Evolution to LTE report is researched and published by GSA and provides a concise update of the business drivers, objectives and targets for LTE – Long Term Evolution and the evolved packet system, including network operator commitments, deployments, launches, trials, the growing eco-system including device availability, spectrum requirements and developments, Voice over LTE developments, standardization activities including LTE-Advanced, and more.

The Evolution to LTE report is available as a free download to registered site users at www.gsacom.com/gsm_3g/info_papers

Registration page to download this and other reports, papers, charts, etc. www.gsacom.com/php/register_form.php4

Numerous charts and maps depicting the mobile broadband market, growth and trends including LTE are available at www.gsacom.com/news/statistics.php4

GSA website: www.gsacom.com

News/updates RSS Feed: www.gsacom.com/rss/gsanews.php4

LTE1800 Zone: www.gsacom.com/lte1800

GSA LinkedIN group: www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=2313721

LTE1800 LinkedIN Group: www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=3129390

LTE TDD LinkedIN Group: www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=3978061

LTE User Devices LinkedIN Group: www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=4146472

Twitter: www.twitter.com/gsacom

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Global-mobile-Suppliers-Association-GSA/123462771012551

GSA member organizations: Aeroflex • AnyDATA Inc • BelAir Networks • Bytemobile • Ericsson • Huawei • inCode • mimoOn • Nokia • Nokia Siemens Networks • Qualcomm • Renesas Mobile • Sony Ericsson • ST-Ericsson • Talking Eye • Telcordia Technologies • Velocent Systems


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