Long-Term Evolution (LTE), the most sought after
next-generation (4G) super-fast wireless communications
technology, is rapidly gaining global momentum. The 4G wireless
network aims to cope with substantial demand for high-speed
wireless data services and mobile video.
The Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) recently
reported that currently 274 LTE networks are commercially
available in 101 countries. The GSA estimated that more than 350
LTE networks will be commercially functional by the end of
In Nov 2013, The GSM Association's research wing, GMSA
Intelligence, forecasted that there will be more than 1 billion
LTE connections globally by 2017. Also, around 465 live LTE
networks are projected to be present across 128 countries by
Recently, GSA reported that currently there are approximately
200.1 million LTE subscribers globally. Out of this, North
America region has highest numbers of subscribers, around 101
million (50.5%), Asia-Pacific region boasts 77.8 million (38.8%)
and Europe has around 16.4 million (8.2%) LTE subscribers.
In 2013, LTE added a net 125 million subscribers globally.
This was the highest addition after 279 million net subscribers
for WCDMA/HSPA technology. Currently, there are about 1.47
billion WCDMA/HSPA subscribers throughout the world.
GSMA Intelligence further reported that LTE users consume an
average of 1.5GB data per month, two-fold the amount consumed by
non-LTE users. In developing countries, LTE users are likely to
generate 20 times higher average revenue per user (ARPU) for
carriers than non-LTE users, whereas in developed countries ARPU
can be 10%-40% higher for LTE users than non-LTE users.
In the U.S., two major wireless operators, namely,
Verizon Communications Inc.
) are gradually expanding their respective LTE networks.
), the nation's third largest telecom firm, has undertaken a
massive LTE network deployment project. In China - a major
emerging market - leading wireless operator
China Mobile Ltd.
) has decided to initiate a significant LTE-TDD network
deployment plan in 2014.
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