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GSA Says 213 LTE Networks Now Live Worldwide

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SAWBRIDGEWORTH, U.K. -- The latest update of the Evolution to LTE report from GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association) confirms the increasing pace of LTE rollouts and service launches worldwide, and growing smartphone usage.

213 operators have commercially launched LTE services in 81 countries. 113 networks wer e launched in the past 12 months, with several recently bringing fast and dependable broadband Internet connectivity for the first time to rural communities, island territories, and to developing markets throughout the world. LTE is serving millions of customers in 37 more countries than a year ago.

The facts are impressive:

456 operators are investing in LTE in 134 countries. This is made up of 406 firm operator commitments to build LTE networks, 213 have commercially launched networks in 81 countries plus 50 additional operators engaged in various trials, studies, etc.

From amongst the committed operators, 213 have commercially launched networks in 81 countries. GSA forecasts there will be 260 commercial LTE networks in 93 countries by end 2013.

Last week GSA confirmed 1,064 LTE user devices have been announced by 111 manufacturers, representing around 150% annual growth.

The majority of LTE operators have deployed the FDD mode of the standard. The most widely used band in network deployments continues to be 1800 MHz (band 3) which is used in 43% of commercially launched LTE networks. The next most popular contiguous bands are 2.6 GHz (band 7) used in over 31% of networks, followed by 800 MHz band 20 (over 11%).

Interest in the TDD mode is strengthening, and global. 21 LTE TDD systems are commercially launched (within the total LTE launch count of 213) and 10 of them have been deployed within combined LTE FDD and TDD networks, which is a growing trend. GSA reported last month that 222 user devices support the TDD mode.

Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA)

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