At the end of 2011, we count 33 commercial LTE services worldwide, which is up from just nine at the end of 2010. (See Where in the World Is LTE?.)
And while the U.S. is perceived as the hottest LTE market around, it's certainly not the only place to find some LTE action. Indeed, the next-generation mobile broadband service is now available in countries across the Asia/Pacific, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East as well as North America. In Europe, Telia Company alone has launched LTE services in seven markets across its footprint.
To make it onto our list, it had to be clear that a potential customer could go to an operator's shop or website, buy a device and subscribe to an LTE service. We did not include pilots, user trials or so-called "commercial networks," where an operator may have launched an LTE network but it is not yet offering devices or charging customers to use the service.
As always, we welcome feedback. If there are any commercial services or price plan details that we missed here, please let us know on the message board.
Getopardo, User Rank: Light Beer 12/5/2012 | 5:46:44 PM
re: 2011 Rewind: Where in the World Is LTE?
Please find below the news release, dated December 4th :
"Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced its selection by Saudi Telecom Company (STC), the leading service provider in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to launch the first 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) wireless network in the country, bringing subscribers true broadband services to their mobile devices".
gtchavan, User Rank: Light Beer 12/5/2012 | 4:45:28 PM
re: 2011 Rewind: Where in the World Is LTE?
The question is, would all of the money that all of these Telco's spend on actual equipment (not the money that goes to payoff their union labor and company executives) to upgrade their networks to support LTE for all of next year exceed one quarter of Cisco's sales? I seriously doubt it. Chambers knows what he is doing and that is why he is not touching this market with a ten foot pole. Despite heavy demand on their networks, these guys are not serious about taking care of their customers.
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