Tuesday, April 3, 2012

LTE Ecosystem Builds Momentum

A total 347 LTE-enabled user devices have been announced by 63 manufacturers, according to a new "Status of the LTE Ecosystem" report published this week by the GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association). Many of these products are carrier or country specific and are not available in all markets.


Research for the report considered user devices for FDD and TDD modes, form factors, operating frequencies, and the fallback technologies which are supported when customers move outside the LTE coverage areas (i.e. ability to access HSPA, HSPA+, DC-HSPA+, EV-DO, or TD-SCDMA systems).


Some highlights of the report:

  • A total of 64 LTE Smartphones announced to date.


  • A total of 131 LTE Routers.


  • A total of 64 LTE Dongles.


  • 217 LTE devices also operate on either HSPA, HSPA+ or 42 Mbps DC-HSPA+ networks. Within this figure, 91 LTE devices support 42 Mbps HSPA+ technology.


  • 108 LTE devices support EV-DO networks.


  • 170 devices are for 700 MHz (US Digital Dividend, various bands)


  • 72 devices are for 800 MHz (EU Digital Dividend, Band 20)


  • There are now 75 LTE 1800 user devices, which is 50% higher than GSA reported in January 2012.
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