July 17, 2014
According to the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA)*, at least 308 new LTE networks have officially launched as of Q2 2014. Moreover, experts predict that this number will swell to at least 350 networks in commercial service by the end of the year.
Amid this growth, the LTE device sector has also flourished, nearly doubling since last year. This progress clearly demonstrates the prevalence and unparalleled growth of LTE around the world.
The report states that 168 manufacturers have announced 1,889 LTE-enabled user devices – 941 of which are newly-launched within the past year. That amounts to 100 percent annual growth, while the number of manufacturers increased by 68 percent as well.
Smartphones maintained their position as the largest device category overall with 835 new LTE devices. These new devices put smartphones constitute more than 44 percent of all LTE device types.
The next-largest category is tablets, which experienced growth with 175 new LTE-enabled tablets, representing 9.2 percent of all LTE devices. GSA notes that 43 of these products are relatively new, only entering the market since March of 2014.
According to the report, 1800MHz (3GPP band 3) keeps its spot as the most-used band for global LTE network deployments, with 43 percent of LTE operators using it in their networks (as a single band or part of a multi-band deployment).
In addition, the largest LTE user devices ecosystem exists on the 1800 MHz band, with 170 percent year-over-year growth.
* GSA confirms 100% surge in number of LTE user devices to 1,889 products; expanding network coverage, TD-LTE and LTE-Advanced adoption are key drivers, Global mobile Suppliers Association. GSA.