GSA: 202 Commercial 4G LTE Networks
SAWBRIDGEWORTH, U.K. -- The latest update to the Status of the LTE Ecosystem report published by the GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association) con firms that 111 manufacturers have announced 1,064 LTE-enabled user devices, including frequency and carrier variants.
647 new LTE user devices have been announced since July 2012 with the number of manufacturers increasing by 66% in this period. Smartphones continue as the largest LTE device category with over 4 times as many products compared to the situation in July 2012. LTE connected tablets and personal hotspots are also fast growing segments.
The GSA report examined devices that operate on the FDD and/or TDD modes of the LTE system and their main characteristics including form factor and operating frequencies, and also identified the 3G fallback technologies that are incorporated within each devices for use when subscribers move outside LTE coverage (i.e. access to HSPA, HSPA+, DC-HSPA+, EV-DO, or TD-SCDMA systems).
730 LTE devices can operate on HSPA networks, including 343 products that are designed to operate on 42 Mbps DC-HSPA+ systems. 2 43 LTE devices can operate on EV-DO systems.
Most of the 1,064 LTE devices operate in the FDD mode. Support for the LTE TDD mode (sometimes referred to as TD-LTE) is also very significant. The number of LTE TDD terminals has more than tripled over the past year. 222 devices can operate using the LTE TDD mode, supporting the growing number of operators who are using unpaired spectrum. LTE TDD devices are available in all form factors including smartphones, dongles, routers, personal hotspots, embedded modules, and mobile tablets. Bands 38 (2.6 GHz) and 40 (2.3 GHz) have the largest choice of terminals. Terminals are also available in growing numbers for use on bands 39, 41, 42, and 43.