Where in the World Is LTE?

To wrap up what has been an eventful year for next-generation mobile broadband technology Long Term Evolution (LTE), Light Reading Mobile has compiled a list of the world's commercial LTE services.

It's quite short.

Verizon Wireless and Telia Company aren't the only names on the list, however, although you would be forgiven for thinking that, considering how much attention these operators' get for their 4G (or rather, FauxG?) moves. (See Happy Birthday, LTE! .)

We count nine commercial LTE services worldwide, based on our criteria. To be included on the list, it had to be clear that a potential customer could go to an operator's shop or Website and buy a dongle (or handset in case of MetroPCS Inc. (NYSE: PCS)) and sign up to start using the services. We did not include pilot networks or user trials, where consumers or business customers may be able to use an LTE service, but do not pay for it. (See LTE Beckons in Uzbekistan .)

So here's where LTE is commercially available now at the end of 2010:

Table 1: Commercial LTE Services
Operator Where Monthly Price Equipment suppliers
NTT Docomo* Japan �1,000 (US$12) for 3 GB or �7,980 ($95) for 5 GB Fujitsu, Ericsson, NEC, NSN
MetroPCS 9 U.S. cities $55 Ericsson, Samsung
Telekom Austria Vienna, Austria �90 ($120) for 30GB, plus �340 ($453) for USB stick Not available
TeliaSonera Denmark 399 Danish kroner ($71) Ericsson, NSN
TeliaSonera Finland �46 ($61) Ericsson, NSN (for initial rollout)
TeliaSonera Norway 699 Norwegian kronor ($118) Ericsson, NSN
TeliaSonera Sweden 599 Swedish kronor ($88) for 10Mbit/s-80Mbit/s LTE, 3G, WiFi, and 30GB of data Ericsson, Huawei, NSN
Verizon 38 US cities $50 for 5GB or $80 for 10GB Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, NSN (for IMS)
Vodafone Germany rural Germany �69.99�($94) per month for up to 50Mbit/s downlink, 10Mbit/s uplink, and 30GB of data Ericsson, Huawei
* Service starts on December 24, 2010

As always, we welcome feedback. If you know of a commercial service that we missed here, please let us know on the message board.

For a refresher on when and now these operators launched LTE services, please see these stories:

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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