GSA confirms 200 LTE networks are commercially launched in 76 countries
August 7, 2013: GSA, the Global mobile Suppliers Association, confirms that 200 LTE networks in 76 countries were commercially launched by 31 July 2013.
146 commercial LTE networks were in service at the end of 2012. An additional 54 operators have launched LTE service in the first 7 months of 2013.
Alan Hadden, President of the GSA, said: In this interim announcement GSA confirms that 106 LTE networks were commercially launched in the last 12 months, representing 112% annual growth. LTE is a mainstream mobile broadband technology and is the fastest developing mobile system technology ever.
LTE service has been introduced to 12 new markets so far this year: Chile, Iceland, Iraq, Lebanon, Malaysia, New Zealand, Paraguay, Qatar, Spain, Thailand, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.
LTE is a single global 3GPP standard with an FDD mode for operators using paired spectrum, and a TDD mode for operators using unpaired spectrum.
The breakdown of the 200 commercially launched networks announced today is as follows:
182 networks were deployed using the FDD mode
9 networks were deployed in TDD mode (sometimes referred to as TD-LTE)
9 networks are using both FDD and TDD modes
Full details of LTE market developments including network deployments and service launches worldwide will be published in the next update of GSAâ€™s Evolution to LTE report, which will be available soon on www.gsacom.com
The Evolution to LTE report is a free download for registered site users – log in and follow the link to http://www.gsacom.com/gsm_3g/info_papers
Registration page for new users: htt p://www.gsacom.com/user/register
Numerous charts, maps etc. confirming the progress of mobile broadband developments including LTE are also available on the home page and at www.gsacom.com/news/statistics
GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association) represents GSM/EDGE, WCDMA-HSPA and LTE suppliers, providing reports, facts, analysis and information explaining market developments and trends. Through its website GSA supports a global community of over 58,000 registered users from the telecoms industry and new sectors who are exploring new business opportunities or operational benefits when using LTE, including from energy/utilities, transport, medical, publishing, entertainment, broadcasting, aviation, and the automotive industries.
GSA LinkedIN Group www.linkedin.com/groups ?gid=2313721
LTE1800 LinkedIN Group www.linkedin.com/groups?=&gid=3129390
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LTE User Devices LinkedIN Group: www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=4759091
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