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LTE Hits the Ton: Now Live in 100 Countries

Dan Jones
2/5/2014
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There are now 4G LTE networks live in 100 countries around the world. The Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) said Wednesday that 268 LTE networks are in commercial service 'round the globe. The supplier organization says that the commercial deployments are up 56% since 2012.

100 Live LTE Networks Worldwide
(Source: The Global Mobile Suppliers Association)
(Source: The Global Mobile Suppliers Association)

Peru, Cambodia, and Ghana are among the latest nations to get LTE service. The GSA is expecting that more than 350 commercial LTE networks will be live by the end of 2014.

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— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

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DanJones,
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2/5/2014 | 5:12:19 PM
Re: 3G v 4G
Sure, but the massive number of Asia-Pac subscribers skews all of the numbers. Just the numbers of China Mobile subscribers on 2G and eventually moving to 3G probably has an impact, then factor in India and the other Chinese operators and... you get the picture.
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Sarah Thomas,
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2/5/2014 | 5:03:34 PM
Re: 3G v 4G
Interesting, especially since (I thought) a lot of operators are bypassing 3G altogether, going from 2G to 4G.
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DanJones,
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2/5/2014 | 5:00:32 PM
Re: 3G v 4G
Supposedly half the globe covered by LTE by the end of 2017. Cisco, however, says that 3G (not 4G) will replace 2G as the world's primary cellular connection in 2016. So, LTE has a long way to go before it replaces 2G or 3G, even if the networks appear to be arriving faster than 3G networks did.
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Sarah Thomas,
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2/5/2014 | 4:56:06 PM
3G v 4G
How does that compare to 3G networks deployed? Wonder when we'll be able to say we're living in a truly 4G world.
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