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LTE marches forward as operator commitments near 200

14 января 2011

180 operators in 70 countries are now investing in LTE, according to the Global mobile Suppliers Association, which claimed on Thursday that it is the fastest-developing mobile communications system in the history of mobile.

An updated report from the industry body said 17 operators have commercially launched LTE networks in 12 countries including some of the world's more mature mobile markets such as Japan, Hong Kong, the U.S. and Germany.

South Korea looks set to become another major mobile market to launch LTE; on Wednesday the country's biggest operator by revenue, SK Telecom, said it plans to launch its LTE network by July.

"At least 64 LTE networks are anticipated will be in commercial service by end 2012," said a statement from the GSA.

In total, 128 operators have committed to LTE in 52 countries, with a further 52 operators in 18 countries in a 'pre-commitment' phase for trials or pilot schemes, according to the GSA's report.

"By comparing the number of operator commitments six months and 12 months after the first commercial system launches for HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+ and LTE respectively, LTE proves to be the fastest-developing mobile communications system technology ever," said the GSA (see chart).

LTE is expected to help spur the worldwide uptake of mobile broadband. Indeed, Swedish kit maker Ericsson predicted on Tuesday that mobile broadband subscriptions will pass the 1 billion milestone in 2011.

Источник: Total Telecom

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