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GSA: Over 1,000 LTE Devices Now Available

Dan Jones

There are now more than 1,000 4G LTE devices available, with more than 200 live networks deployed using the new 4G technology.

The latest report from the Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) finds that there are now 202 live LTE networks globally with 1,064 LTE devices available. (See 4G LTE: Room to Grow Globally.)

Since July 2012, 647 new LTE user devices have been announced, with the number of manufacturers increasing by 66 percent in that time. The majority of these devices are smartphones. (See The Summer of LTE.)

Here's how they break down:

Available LTE Devices
Source: GSA
Source: GSA

Most of the LTE devices operate in the FDD mode. Support for the LTE TDD mode -- sometimes referred to as TD-LTE -- is, however, growing. Two hundred twenty-two devices can now operate using the LTE TDD mode, supporting the growing number of operators that are using unpaired spectrum. (See Defining 4G: What the Heck Is LTE TDD?)

The newly announced China Mobile Ltd. (NYSE: CHL) deployment will be the largest LTE TDD deployment yet seen. (See Report: Huawei, ZTE Win Big at China Mobile.)

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

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8/27/2013 | 3:51:59 PM
Re: Tablets
Don't think anyone hyas ever split that out but certainly the big 2 US mobile carriers give the impression that more 4G tablets are being connected because of the shared plans.
8/27/2013 | 2:37:30 PM
Re: Tablets
See the trend directly it would be interesting to see a time chart of the actual number of tablets (wifi only/3G/4G) and laptops sold, per month, since 2010.   Please share if anyone has this data!
Sarah Thomas
Sarah Thomas
8/26/2013 | 11:08:32 AM
Re: Tablets
The tablet growth is impressive, especially given the dominance of WiFi tablets this time last year. The tides are changing. Wonder if shared data plans had any influence on that.
8/26/2013 | 8:26:34 AM
The chart really shows how much that tablets have started to take over from laptops as a larger form factor for LTE.
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