The GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association) has published an update to its Evolution to LTE report which confirms 338 telecoms operators in 101 countries have committed to commercial LTE network deployments or are engaged in trials, technology testing or studies. The report covers LTE FDD and LTE TDD technologies.
280 operators have made firm commitments to deploy commercial LTE networks in 90 countries. A further 58 operators in 11 more countries are in a pre-commitment stage and are engaged in LTE technology trials, tests or studies.
89 LTE operators have now launched commercial services in 45 countries. This figure includes 9 commercial LTE TDD systems which are launche d in Australia, Brazil, India, Japan, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Sweden and the UK.
63 operators have launched commercial LTE services in the past 12 months.
By the end of 2012 GSA forecasts there will be 150 commercial LTE networks operating in 64 countries.
LTE commercial network launches per year:
2009 = 2 networks launched
2010 = 15 networks launched (year-end cumulative total = 17)
2011 = 30 networks launched (year-end cumulative total = 47)
2012 to July 11th = 42 networks launched (total to date = 89)
GSA end 2012 outlook = raised again, to 150 networks in 64 countries