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GSA says LTE operator count at 200

Posted: 30 Mar 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:LTE? 4G? networking? market report?

The Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) has published a report stating that almost 200 network operators are now investing in LTE.

According to the report, there are 140 firm operator commitments to deploy commercial LTE systems in 56 countries. This is 118 percent higher than one year ago. A further 56 pre-commitment trials have been identified. All together, the report confirms 196 operators in 75 countries are currently investing in LTE. The report covers both LTE FDD and LTE TDD modes.

Seventeen operators have commercially launched LTE networks, in Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Norway, Poland, Sweden, USA, and Uzbekistan, the report says.

GSA has raised its market outlook and now anticipates that at least 73 LTE networks will be in commercial service by end 2012.

The regional breakdown of 140 firm operator commitments to deploy networks is as follows: Americas, 29; Europe, 64; MEA, 14; and APAC/Oceania, 33 networks.

Alan Hadden, President of the GSA, said, �LTE is the fastest developing mobile communications system technology ever and continues to make excellent progress. Investments in LTE are now extending beyond traditional public communications carriers as we saw with the FCC mandating of LTE for first responders, which underlines the progress towards a single mobile technology with LTE.?

The report notes that a number of auctions of new spectrum for LTE ? including 2.6GHz and in the digital dividend bands (700MHz, 800MHz), are scheduled in the coming months in various countries across the world. Access to new spectrum is essential and welcomed, however these procedures take time. There is a growing momentum for re-using (re-farming) current cellular bands to allow the option of introducing more efficient technologies including LTE. The 1800MHz band, which was originally allocated for GSM, is widely available across much of the world and has emerged as a key candidate for LTE deployments, with improved coverage being a key driver ? twice the coverage area can be achieved using 1800MHz compared to 2.6 GHz. Shorter time to market is another key benefit. Recent announcements by leading operators committing to LTE1800 deployments will help to establish 1800MHz as a core band for LTE

The GSA Evolution to LTE report dated March 24, 2011 is available as a free download.

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