GSA confirms growing traction for LTE using 2.1 GHz spectrum (LTE2100)
September 25, 2015: This week GSA, the Global mobile Suppliers Association, published its first status report about the development of LTE in 2.1 GHz, known as 3GPP band 1.
The 2.1 GHz band is typically used for 3G systems deployments in many regions of the world, with WCDMA-HSPA being the dominant technology. An increasing number of operators are now using channels within this band for delivering 4G/LTE-based mobile broadband services, either as a single band deployment, though increasingly as part of multi-band LTE-Advanced networks enabled by carrier aggregation technology. In this way operators are able to boost LTE network performance and data speeds, to deliver an improved user experience. The main infrastructure vendors all offer LTE2100 (i.e. LTE operating in 2.1 GHz spectrum) solutions.
Many regulatory authorities have facilitated the use of 2.1 GHz spectrum for 4G systems by adopting a technology neutrality policy and technology neutral 2.1 GHz licences have already been granted in several countries. GSA expects this trend will continue and considers it very likely that 2.1 GHz will be used in LTE network deployments by even more network operators.
The LTE2100 market status ï¿1Ž4report by GSA confirms that 15 operators in 11 countries have commercially lau nched LTE systems and service using 2.1 GHz (band 1) spectrum, almost double the number of networks launched compared to one year earlier. Several additional operators are deploying or considering use of 2.1 GHz for their commercial LTE network deployments where feasible.
According to GSA data, over 36% of all LTE user devices can operate in 2.1 GHz band 1 spectrum, compared to 28% one year earlier. 1,185 LTE2100 user devices have been announced to the market by 142 manufacturers.
Alan Hadden, VP of Research at GSA, said: “The number of LTE2100 compatible devices more than doubled over the past year (118% higher). Band 1 is the third most supported band for LTE devices, following 1800 MHz (band 3) and 2.6 GHz (band 7)”.
The LTE2100 market status ï¿1Ž4report is free to download by registered site users. Log in to http://www.gsacom.com and follow the link. New site users may register at http://www.gsacom.com/user/register.php
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