Showing posts with label GSA. Show all posts
Showing posts with label GSA. Show all posts

Thursday, November 7, 2019

GSA: 50th commercial 5G network has now launched.

As of the end of October, a total of 50 5G networks have begun commercial services, according to the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA).

The milestones was reached following the recent activation of services in China where China Unicom, China Mobile and China Telecom all went live and have already registered more than 9million 5G subscribers.

As of the end of October 2019, GSA has identified 328 operators in 109 countries that have announced that they are investing in 5G. In addition, a total of 69 operators have announced that they had deployed 3GPP compliant 5G technology in their networks, among which:

  • 39 operators having launched 3GPP-compliant 5G mobile services (36 full launches, 3 limited availability launches)
  • 29 operators had launched 3GPP-compliant 5G FWA or home broadband services (19 full launches, 10 limited availability launches)

 Joe Barrett, the President of the GSA commented ‘I think that we have all been surprised by how quickly 5G has taken off, with deployments and commitments from across the globe gathering pace. This latest milestone, combined with commercial launches in the world’s largest mobile market, is set to lead to an explosion in 5G users and also have a knock-on impact on driving both use cases and innovation.”

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

GSA: A country-by-country summary of 5G spectrum

As of mid-2017, regulators in 42 countries have advanced plans for 5G spectrum by conducting auctions, designating certain bands, holding consultations, or announced plans to auction frequencies or have already allocated spectrum for 5G use, according to GSA.

This in-depth report provides a country-by-country overview of 5G spectrum.

Some highlights:

  • In Europe, Ireland, Latvia, Spain and UK have already completed auctions of 5G spectrum.
  • Germany, Greece, Norway having recently completed auctions of spectrum that could potentially be used for 5G. 
  • Ten countries are known to have confirmed 5G spectrum auctions between 2018 and 2020 including Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland.
  • Three countries planning auctions of potentially suitable bands -- Norway, Slovakia and Switzerland.   In AsiaPac, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Japan, and South Korea have 5G auctions/allocations confirmed. 
  • In June 2018 Korea completed a 5G auction for spectrum in the 3.42–3.7 GHz and 26.5–28.9 GHz frequency bands. 
  • Taiwan, New Zealand and Singapore have initiated consultations to consider both mid-band and mmWave bands.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

GSA: Global LTE Subscribers Top 1.29 Billion

The number of LTE subscribers worldwide exceeded 1.29 billion as of the end of Q1 2016, according to GSA, the Global mobile Suppliers Association, and based on data from Ovum.

Alan Hadden, Vice President, GSA said: “LTE subscriptions were signed up during Q1 2016 at an average of 2 million per day and the rate is accelerating. LTE is now connecting over 1 in 6 mobile subscribers worldwide (17.4%).”

Some highlights:

  • LTE gained 182 million connections in Q1 2016, almost 4 times faster than 3G/HSPA systems. 
  • 3G/HSPA subscriptions grew by 48 million while GSM subscriptions fell by 120 million in the same quarter. 
  • The number of LTE and LTE-Advanced subscriptions is expected to pass the 3G/WCDMA-HSPA global total in 2020, and possibly sooner. 
  • Over 645 million LTE subscriptions worldwide were gained during the past year, representing 100% annual growth.
  • The Asia region, with over 734 million LTE subscriptions, further grew its share of global LTE subscriptions quarter on quarter to reach 56.9%. 
  • By March 2016 China had passed 511 million LTE subscriptions, adding 96.3 million in the quarter. North America remains the second largest LTE market with 253 million, though its share of the world market further declined 2.6% in the quarter to 19.6% of the global total. The European share of the global total is 14%.
  • 503 operators have commercially launched LTE systems in 167 countries, according to GSA data announced at the end of May 2016. 
  • Around 25% of LTE operators have commercially launched LTE-Advanced service including several LTE operators who are now introducing LTE-Advanced Pro technologies, sometimes referred to as 4.5G, which is established as a major industry trend in 2016. LTE-Advanced Pro systems can support peak downlink speeds up to 1 Gbps and beyond.


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Sunday, April 17, 2016

VoLTE-HD Operational in 55 Mobile Networks Worldwide

LTE networks are now widely deployed worldwide with 492 operators now offering commercial service in 162 countries, according to a newly published report from the GSA. LTE-Advanced is currently in commercial operation to some extent with 127 operators and a further 175 are currently testing the technology.

Some highlights from the GSA report:

  • 422 operators deployed LTE using the FDD mode only, 51 operators deployed LTE using the TDD mode only, 21 operators deployed using both LTE FDD and TDD modes
  • 126 operators in 60 countries are investing in VoLTE deployments, studies or trials. 55 operators have commercially launched VoLTE-HD voice service in 34 countries
  • 1800 MHz band 3 spectrum is in commercial service in 104 countries on 226 LTE networks (LTE1800) representing over 45% of all LTE networks globally
  • 5,104 LTE user devices announced by 417 suppliers. This is 2,185 devices more than GSA reported in April 2015, representing 75% Y-o-Y growth. The number of manufacturers grew 40% in the same period
  • 1800 MHz (3GPP Band 3) is the best supported spectrum for LTE deployments, having the largest LTE devices ecosystem (LTE1800). Over 55% of LTE devices can operate in band 3 spectrum


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Monday, September 7, 2015

Global LTE Subscriptions Pass 750 Million

The number of LTE endpoints worldwide passed 755 million as of 30-June-2015, according to figures from Ovum cited by the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA).

Some other mid-year 2015 milestones noted by GSA:

  • 441 million LTE subscriptions were added in the past year, equivalent to 140% annual growth. 
  • For the first time LTE exceeded ten percent share (10.44%) of the worldwide subs total for all mobile technologies. GSA forecasts over 1 billion LTE subscriptions worldwide by the end of 2015.
  • LTE subscriptions increased by 113.5 million in Q2 2015, which is over 52% higher than for 3G/WCDMA-HSPA which gained 74.4 million. GSM subscriptions fell by over 98 million in the quarter.
  • APAC increased its share of global LTE subscriptions to 51.2%. North America has almost 200 million LTE subscriptions (198 million) and remains the second largest LTE market, though its share reduced to 26.2% of the global total compared with 42.4% a year earlier. 
  • European share remained at around 16% and the total number of LTE subscriptions across Western Europe markets has just passed 100 million.
  • Strong growth was seen in the Latin America and Caribbean region which now has over 22.5 million 4G/LTE subscriptions and over 17.2 million higher than a year ago, equivalent to 324% annual growth. A strong performance for LTE was also achieved in the Middle East where more than 1 million LTE subscriptions were added monthly. The region has 23.7 million LTE subscriptions and an annual growth of 194%. Russia has almost 3x the number of LTE subscriptions compared to one year earlier.
  • By June 2015, China had passed 225 million LTE subscriptions, 63.5 million in Q2 alone.
  • 422 operators have commercially launched LTE systems in 143 countries, according to GSA data announced in July 2015. GSA forecasts there will be 460 commercially launched LTE networks by end 2015. 
  • LTE-Advanced deployments have taken hold in all markets around the world. Now over 30% of operators are investing in LTE-Advanced system deployments, with the commercialisation of carrier aggregation the first feature to be exploited. 88 operators, i.e. over 20% of all LTE operators, have commercially launched LTE-Advanced service in 45 countries. 
  • 15 LTE-Advanced networks support Category 4 devices (above 100 Mbps up to 150 Mbps peak downlink speed) while 73 networks support Category 6 devices (above 150 Mbps up to 300 Mbps). 
  • The number of LTE and LTE-Advanced subscriptions is expected to pass the 3G/WCDMA-HSPA global total in 2020.

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

LTE Passes 500 Million User Milestone

The 500 millionth LTE subscriber was activated sometime in January 2015.  GSA, the Global mobile Suppliers Association, confirms that LTE reached 497 million subs by December 2014, citing data from Ovum. A total of 290 million LTE subscriptions were gained in the year, equivalent to 140% annual growth.  This gives LTE a faster adoption cycle than 3G/WCDMA-HSPA by 21% during the last 6 months of 2014.

Alan Hadden, Vice President of Research, GSA said "LTE subscriptions grew by 115 million in Q4, over 36% higher than 3G/WCDMA-HSPA connections. GSM subscriptions fell by 78.5 million in the same period. We are confident that LTE growth will continue to lead all other mobile systems."

Some other highlights:

  • The APAC region increased its share of connections to 47% by end December 2014 compared to 40% in June 2014.
  • North America is the second largest LTE market with 33% of global LTE subscriptions, down from 42.3% in six months previously, while Europe increased its share in the same period from 14.3% to 16% by year end.
  • LTE net subscription additions in Q4 2014 were 45% higher than in the previous quarter. 
  • GSA forecasts there will be at least 450 commercially launched LTE networks globally by end 2015, up from 364 that had entered service by the end of last year, with deployment of LTE-Advanced technologies as a major industry trend in all regions. Further details will be provided in the next Evolution to LTE report to be published by GSA this month.

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

GSA: LTE-Advanced and VoLTE Investments Underway

A total of 360 operators have commercially launched LTE networks and service in 124 countries, according to GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association).

Alan Hadden, President of GSA, said: “LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation deployment was the major trend in 2014. 49 operators have commercially launched LTE-Advanced in 31 countries. Taking account of additional deployments in progress, trials and studies, GSA calculates almost 30% of LTE operators are currently investing in LTE-Advanced technology.”

Some highlights of the report:

  • 312 operators deployed FDD mode only
  • 31 operators deployed TDD mode only
  • 17 operators deployed both FDD and TDD modes
  • 80 operators in 42 countries i.e. over 22% of operators are investing in VoLTE deployments, studies or trials, with 14 operators having launched HD voice service using VoLTE in 7 countries. Many more launches are expected in 2015
  • 107 operators in total, i.e. almost 30% of LTE operators have launched, are deploying or are trialling LTE-Advanced technologies. 49 operators have commercially launched LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation in 31 countries, and this figure could double in 2015
  • 8 operators have commercially launched LTE using APT700 (700 MHz) band 28 spectrum. APT700 is a key coverage band for LTE with near-global market potential. 42 countries have allocated, committed to or recommend APT700 band 28 spectrum for LTE deployments, in markets covering 3.2 billion people. 55 APT700 (band 28) user devices comprising smartphones, tablets, CPEs and MiFi hotspots have been announced

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

GSA: Mobile Broadband Subscriptions Top 2 Billion

Global mobile broadband subscriptions have passed the 2 billion milestone, according to newly published statistics from GSA.

There were 126.1 million LTE subscriptions (Q2 2013) and this figure was expected to have topped 150 million by the end of September 2013.
There are currently 222 commercially launched LTE networks in 83 countries, rising to 260 commercial LTE networks by the end of the year.

Some other numbers from the report:

  • 23 commercially launched TD-LTE networks in 18 countries, of which 11 are dual mode FDD + TDD systems.  More trials are underway.  There are 274 LTE TDD devices on the market.
  • LTE-Advanced is a commercial reality already with several networks in South Korea using carrier aggregation.
  • The first wave of VoLTE service launches that include support for HD voice (using W-AMR) has begun. Many operators have committed to VoLTE deployments or trials in 2013-2014 including KT, LG U+, SK Telecom, Evolve Broadband, T Mobile Austria, Azercell, Sasktel, China Mobile, E Plus, O2 DE, CSL Limited, Bharti Airtel, RIL, NTT DoCoMo, Tele2 NL, Yota, StarHub, Telekom Slovenije, Tele2 SE, Etisalat UAE, AT&T, C-Spire, MetroPCS, US Cellular, Sprint, Verizon Wireless.
  • 55% of phones sold in Q3 2013 were smartphones, compared to 50% in Q1 2013.
  • 80% growth in data traffic between Q3 2012 and Q3 2013 driven mainly by video. 

The full report is online.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

GSA: 222 LTE Networks Launched

Th Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) confirmed that 222 operators have commercially launched LTE services in 83 countries.

Some highlights of their most recent report:

  • 109 LTE networks were commercially launched in the past 12 months.
  • 474 operators are investing in LTE in 138 countries, including 421 firm operator commitments to build LTE networks in 128 countries, plus 53 additional operators engaged in various trials, studies, etc. in a further 10 countries.
  • The majority of LTE operators have deployed the FDD mode of the standard.
  • The most widely used band in network deployments continues to be 1800 MHz (band 3) which is used in 43% of commercially launched LTE networks.
  • The next most popular contiguous bands are 2.6 GHz (band 7) used in 30% of networks, followed by 800 MHz (band 20) which is used in over 12% of networks today.
  • Interest in the TDD mode is strengthening and global. 23 LTE TDD systems are commercially launched in 18 countries, of which 11 that have been deployed in combined LTE FDD & TDD operations.

"Having globally aligned spectrum bands is a great result for end consumers, as these make international roaming easier, and help drive early device availability. Adoption of the APT700 MHz band plan represents a major opportunity for regional and global spectrum harmonization that could deliver the benefits of economies of scale for end-user devices," stated Alan Hadden, President of the GSA.

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

GSA: 213 LTE Networks in Commercial Operation

A total of 213 operators have commercially launched LTE services in 81 countries, an increase of 113 networks in the past 12 months, according to Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA), which now forecasts there will be 260 commercial LTE networks in 93 countries by end 2013.

Some highlights from GSA's new report:

  • 456 operators are investing in LTE in 134 countries. This is made up of 406 firm operator commitments to build LTE networks, 213 have commercially launched networks in 81 countries plus 50 additional operators engaged in various trials, studies, etc.
  • 1,064 LTE user devices have been announced by 111 manufacturers, representing around 150% annual growth.
  • The majority of LTE operators have deployed the FDD mode of the standard.
  • The most widely used band in network deployments continues to be 1800 MHz (band 3) which is used in 43% of commercially launched LTE networks. The next most popular contiguous bands are 2.6 GHz (band 7) used in over 31% of networks, followed by 800 MHz band 20 (over 11%).
  • 21 LTE TDD systems are commercially launched (within the total LTE launch count of 213) and 10 of them have been deployed within combined LTE FDD and TDD networks, which is a growing trend.
  • GSA reported last month that 222 user devices support the TDD mode.
  • There are almost 30 operators who have launched, or are planning enhancements to their networks including support for Category 4, multicarrier operation, and LTE-Advanced features such as carrier aggregation. 

Alan Hadden, President of the GSA, stated: For the first time operators are reporting that they are selling more smartphones than any other device type. Our research confirmed that smartphones are the largest device category for LTE users. Operators need to invest to keep delivering the best mobile broadband experience, and compete.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

GSA: 42 Mobile Operators using 1800 MHz for LTE

The most widely used band for 4G/LTE to date is the 1800 MHz band, according to GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association), which counts 42 active LTE deployments using this spectrum.  The second most popular band in which LTE systems are deployed is 2.6 GHz, followed by 700 MHz.

Commercial LTE1800 services are currently available in 29 countries and there are more than 130 LTE devices on the market suporting this band.

GSA notes that in most cases the 1800 MHz spectrum has been refarmed from its original use as a 2G/GSM band.  


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

GSA: 96 Operators Have Launched LTE

A total of 96 operators have launched commercial LTE services in 46 countries, according to an updated count from the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA). The figure reaffirms LTE as the fastest developing mobile system technology ever.

Some additional stats:
  • 292 operators have made firm commitments to deploy commercial LTE networks in 93 countries.
  • 11 commercial LTE TDD systems have launched in Australia, Brazil, India, Japan, Oman, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sweden and the UK.
  • 68 operators have launched commercial LTE services in the past 12 months.
  • GSA forecasts there will be 152 commercial LTE networks operating in 65 countries by December 31, 2012.
  • LTE in 1800 MHz spectrum is now launched on one third of all commercial LTE networks.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

GSA Counts 417 LTE-enabled Devices on Market

The GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association) confirms that 67 manufacturers have announced 417 LTE-enabled user devices, including frequency and carrier variants. This includes 83 LTE smartphones, 31 tablets, 45 modules, 19 Notebooks, 1 PC card, 3 Femtocells, 157 Routers, and 78 Dongles.

Research for the report covered devices for use on FDD or TDD modes of the LTE system, their 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 other notes:

  • 68 devices can operate in the TDD mode.
  • 267 LTE devices also operate on either HSPA, HSPA+ or DC-HSPA+ networks, ensuring a seamless mobile broadband experience for customers moving between LTE and HSPA coverage footprints. Within this figure, 109 LTE devices can operate on 42 Mbps HSPA+ systems.
  • 126 LTE devices support operation on EV-DO networks.
The report also considered the availability of devices by frequency band and support of the likely required combinations. The report findings are summarized below for the main LTE bands:
  • 700 MHz (US Digital Dividend, various bands) 193 devices
  • 800 MHz (EU Digital Dividend, Band 20) 90 devices
  • 1800 MHz (Band 3) 98 devices
  • 2600 MHz (Band 7) 120 devices
  • 800/1800/2600 MHz 75 devices
  • AWS (Band 4) 78 devices.
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Eighteen Operators Have Launched LTE in 2011 So Far, Including 3 TDD


The GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association) raised its forecast for commercial LTE network launches and is now predicting 100 network launches by end of 2012. Currently, 35 commercial LTE networks are in operation in 21 countries.

GSA now counts185 firm commercial LTE network deployments, 64% higher than a year ago, are in progress or planned in 66 countries, including 35 networks now commercially launched. Another 63 operators in 21 additional countries are engaged in LTE technology trials, tests or studies.

LTE TDD is also market reality following the commercial launch of three networks last month in Saudi Arabia.

The LTE commercial network launches scorecard:
  • 2009: 2 networks launched – all FDD
  • 2010: 15 networks launched – all FDD
  • 2011: 18 networks launched (up to October 10, 2011) - 15 FDD, 3 TDD
GSA also noted that the move towards deploying LTE in re-farmed spectrum, particularly in the 1800 MHz band (i.e. LTE1800) is accelerating. Seven LTE1800 networks are now commercially launched, in Australia, Denmark, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Singapore. In Australia all three mobile operators have confirmed they will deploy LTE1800 systems (Telstra recently commercially launched its LTE network in this band). In the European Union, where operators are investing today in LTE networks or trials in more than 90% of member countries, GSA expects many of those operators will deploy LTE in 1800 MHz spectrum as part of their network strategy. http://www.gsacom.com 13-Oct-11

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