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LTE-Advanced is now a Mainstream Mobile Technology

by david.nunes

LTE-Advanced is now a mainstream mobile technology

According to GSA data, 521 operators have now commercially launched LTE, LTE-Advanced or LTE-Advanced Pro networks in 170 countries and 147 of these operators (37%) have deployed LTE-Advanced while 9 of these operators have commercially launched LTE-Advanced Pro. LTE-Advanced has now moved into mainstream deployments and GSA has  raised its forecast to 560 LTE network deployments by the end of 2016.

Since the beginning of 2016, 74 mobile operators have commercially launched 4G/LTE service and countries such as Bermuda, Gibraltar, Jamaica, Liberia, Myanmar, Samoa, and Sudan are the most recent to gain access to 4G-LTE mobile broadband.

These, and other industry facts and figures can be found in the latest GSA industry report – GSA Evolution to LTE, which can be downloaded from the GSA web site.

For those people looking for a more focused LTE read – GSA has produced 6 Snapshots and a number of graphs and maps that have been pulled from the Evolution to LTE report on the following topics:

LTE 1800


LTE-Advanced, LTE-Advanced Pro Global Status

LTE Broadcast (eMBMS)

VoLTE, (ViLTE) EVS Global Status

APT700 Band Global Status

The 1800 MHz band (b3) is the most widely used contiguous band in 4G-LTE commercially launched systems deployments worldwide. The second most popular contiguous band is 2.6 GHz (b7), followed closely by 800 MHz (b20) then AWS (b4). Band 40 is the most commonly used spectrum for LTE TDD deployments. Download the GSA Chart for full details.

Narrow Band IoT continues to be a hot topic in the industry and has consistently featured in the top 10 ranking of downloads from the GSA web site during 2016. GSA published a white paper on Low Cost NB-IoT from Rohde & Schwarz this month.

Other popular downloads last month include:

GSA: Status of the LTE Ecosystem

GSA: The Central Role of Telecoms in the Smart City

GSA: Fast Facts

GSA: Evolution to Narrow Band IoT

The Top Member reports for July were:

The 5G Unified Air Interface – Qualcomm Presentation

NB-IoT: Enabling New Opportunities – Huawei White Paper

Ericsson Mobility Report – June 2016

Cellular networks for massive IoT – Ericsson White Paper

Spectrum Sharing: Licensed Shared Access (LSA) and Spectrum Access Systems (SAS) – Intel White Paper

Mobile Video Report – Huawei Technologies 

Who will satisfy the desire to consume? – Nokia Bell Labs Consulting White Paper

The mobile industrial revolution – Forbes Insights report sponsored by Huawei

Accelerating IoT – Ericsson Presentation

New GSA Members

GSA would also like to welcome two new companies to GSA: Radisys Corporation as a new GSA Member and Syniverse as an Associate of GSA.

For more information on how your company can benefit from GSA membership please go to the GSA Membership page.

Best regards,

The GSA Team.


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