These operators are expected to have 152 commercial LTE services in 65 countries by the end of the year. This is an expected growth of more than 50% in the next quarter alone!
The GSA report also shows that there are a further 55 operators in 11 countries in the initial stage of negotiation to launch LTE services.
The UK in particular is accelerating its LTE launches and according to EE (the new brand for Everything Everywhere), its new 4G network will cover a third of the UK population by the end of 2012. Further towns, cities and rural areas, will follow rapidly with 2013 population coverage to reach 70%, with 98% covered by 2014.
It’s clear from this report that LTE has never been a hotter topic for discussion and, as 347 operators in 104 countries commit to commercial LTE network deployments, engage in trials, technology testing or studies, the momentum behind LTE looks set to explode.
LTE Strategies 2012 will focus on developing sustainable LTE business models and network migration strategies that generate revenue profit and growth. View the complimentary FINAL AGENDA for the conference.
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