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LTE commitments more than doubled in past year

09 апреля 2010

The number of operators that have committed to deploying 3G LTE (long term evolution) networks has more than doubled in the last 12 months.

According to a new report this week from the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA), there are now 64 operators across 31 countries committed to LTE, compared to 31 network commitments the same time a year ago.

The industry body said a further 24 operators are planning tests or trials of LTE technology, paving the way for further network commitments.

"A total of 88 operators in 42 countries have now committed to deploy LTE systems or are engaged in trials or other planning and preparatory activities," said Alan Hadden, president of the GSA, in a statement.

TeliaSonera in December 2009 became the first telco in the world to offer LTE services with the launch of its networks in Stockholm and Oslo. TeliaSonera said it plans to extend LTE services to another 25 Swedish cities and a further four in Norway during 2010.

U.S. telco giant Verizon Wireless is also due to roll out LTE services in 2010, and plans to have launched in 25-30 cities by the end of the year. Its closest rival AT&T is expected to go live with its own LTE network during 2011.

Elsewhere, Saudi Telecom (STC) in March announced plans to conduct LTE trials during the second half of 2010 using equipment supplied by Alcatel-Lucent.

The GSA said it expects up to 22 live LTE networks to be in operation by the end of 2010, a figure that it predicts will rise to 39 by the end of 2012.

Furthermore, the GSA said it does not believe ongoing HSPA+ deployments will delay operators in committing to LTE.

"The success of HSPA/HSPA+ in delivering mobile broadband will fuel demand to support even more customers and for even higher data throughputs including for new applications, which LTE delivers," said the GSA's report.

"Mobile broadband is a global success, driven by HSPA," said Hadden.

"While HSPA+ systems are meeting the challenge to deliver higher data capacities today, LTE brings the opportunity for additional spectrum, more capacity, lower cost, and is essential to take mobile broadband to the mass market."

Источник: Total Telecom

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