The GSA has published an update to its Evolution to LTE report which confirms 301 operators, which is over 50% higher than a year ago, have committed to commercial LTE network deployments or are engaged in trials, technology testing or studies.
242 firm commercial LTE network deployments are either in deployment, commercially launched, or are planned in 81 countries. Another 59 operators in 14 additional countries are engaged in LTE technology trials, tests or studies.
57 LTE operators have launched commercial services, which is 40 higher than reported by GSA one year ago. Commercial LTE services are now available in 32 countries,
Alan Hadden, President of the GSA, said: "LTE services are being introduced at an accelerating rate. We have again raised our market outlook. GSA forecasts at least 128 LTE networks will be in commercial service by end 2012."
LTE commercial network launches per year:
- 2009 = 2 networks launched
- 2010 = 15 networks launched
- 2011 = 31 networks launched
- 2012 = 9 networks launched (to March 12, 2012)
- GSA end 2012 forecast = 128 networks
Source: Cellular News.