GSA STATUS OF THE GLOBAL LTE1800 MARKET report - July 18, 2013


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LTE deployments in 1800 MHz (band 3) spectrum i,e, LTE1800 - confirming operator commitments, network deployments, commercial launches, trials, devices ecosystem

This updated report incorporates data and analysis from GSA's Evolution to LTE report (July 16, 2013) and our latest research into the status of the LTE devices ecosystem (completed by GSA on July 5, 2013) and summarizes the LTE1800 worldwide market.

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GSA STATUS OF THE GLOBAL LTE1800 MARKET report - July 18, 2013

  1. 1. July 18, 2013 © GSA – Global mobile Suppliers Association Status of the Global LTE1800 Market Operator commitments, network deployments, launches, trials, devices Report published by the GSA Global mobile Suppliers Association
  2. 2. 1 StatusoftheGlobalLTE1800Market|7/18/2013 Status of the Global LTE1800 Market Operator commitments, network deployments, launches, trials, devices GSA’s Evolution to LTE report (July 16, 2013) confirmed that 194 LTE operators have launched commercial services in 75 countries. GSA forecasts there will be 260 commercial LTE networks in 93 countries by end 2013. LTE technology is mature and mainstream. LTE can be deployed in existing 2G or 3G bands, and in new spectrum such as 2.6 GHz and in the digital dividend bands (700 or 800 MHz depending on region). There is high interest in re- farming existing 2G spectrum for LTE, especially the 1800 MHz band. Regulators are increasingly adopting a technology-neutral approach to facilitate its use for LTE-enabled mobile broadband and Internet access. In some markets 1800 MHz has been newly allocated for LTE systems. LTE network deployment in 1800 MHz is a main trend in many regions. 84 operators have commercially launched LTE1800 systems in 45 countries, either as a single band system, or as part of a multi-band deployment. LTE1800 already serves millions of subscribers (Q1 2013 = 20.4 million) on over 43% of commercially launched LTE networks worldwide. 1800 MHz is the most widely used band for LTE deployments globally and will greatly assist international roaming. A subscriber with a terminal capable of operating in 1800 MHz and 2.6 GHz spectrum (i.e. bands 3 & 7) could potentially use it on around 126 LTE networks in at least 61 countries i.e. 81% of markets where LTE service is commercially available today.
  3. 3. 2 StatusoftheGlobalLTE1800Market|7/18/2013 The motivations for deploying LTE in 1800 MHz spectrum are clear: • Coverage area approximately twice compared to deploying in 2.6 GHz band • Possibility to re-use assets e.g. antenna cables of GSM1800 or WCDMA-HSPA2100 • Possibility to deploy multi-RAN with simultaneous LTE and GSM capabilities • 1800 MHz band is widely available in Europe, APAC, MEA and parts of South America • Operators often have sufficient bandwidth in 1800 MHz to secure the full benefits of LTE • User device eco-system is building; a good choice of user devices available now • Can be a transition strategy between HSPA and availability of new spectrum LTE1800 devices ecosystem – 284 products launched 948 LTE user devices are announced (GSA’s Status of the LTE Ecosystem report, July 5, 2013), including 284 LTE1800 user devices that can operate in 3GPP band 3 (1710–1785 MHz paired with 1805–1880 MHz). The number of LTE1800 products launched almost tripled in the past year. The LTE1800 device ecosystem is firmly established offering a wide choice of products. See chart below, and GSA press release Many manufacturers, including all the leading brands, have ensured a wide choice of LTE terminals can operate in band 3 i.e. 1800 MHz spectrum. Detailed analysis of LTE1800 devices is possible using GSA’s GAMBoD-LTE tool (user access restrictions apply – see
  4. 4. 3 StatusoftheGlobalLTE1800Market|7/18/2013 84 commercially launched LTE1800 systems: to July 16, 2013 Country Operator Remarks Angola Movicel LTE1800 Australia Optus LTE1800 Australia Telstra LTE1800 Australia Vodafone LTE1800 Azerbaijan Azercell LTE1800 Bahrain Batelco LTE1800 Bahrain Viva LTE1800 Belgium Proximus LTE1800 Croatia T-Hrvatski LTE1800 Croatia VIPNet   LTE1800 Czech Republic Telefonica O2 LTE1800 Denmark 3 LTE1800/2600 Denmark Telenor LTE1800 Denmark Telia LTE1800/2600 Dominican Republic Orange Dominicana LTE1800 Estonia Elisa LTE1800/2600 Estonia EMT LTE1800/2600 Estonia Tele2 LTE1800/2600 Finland DNA LTE1800/2600 Finland Elisa LTE1800/2600 Finland TeliaSonera LTE1800/2600 Germany Deutsche Telekom LTE1800/2600/800 Greece Cosmote LTE1800 Greece Vodafone LTE1800 Hong Kong 3 HK LTE1800/2600 Hong Kong CSL Limited LTE1800/2600 Hong Kong PCCW LTE1800/2600 Hong Kong Smartone LTE1800 Hungary Magyar Telekom LTE1800 Hungary Telenor LTE1800 Italy 3 Italia LTE1800 Italy TIM LTE1800 Italy Vodafone LTE1800 Japan eAccess Band 9 (within band 3) Kazakhstan Altel LTE1800 Kuwait Viva LTE1800 Kuwait Wataniya LTE1800 Kuwait Zain LTE1800 Latvia LMT LTE1800 Lebanon MTC Touch LTE1800/800 Lithuania Omnitel LTE1800 Luxembourg Orange LTE1800 Luxembourg Tango LTE1800 Mauritius Emtel LTE1800 Mauritius Orange LTE1800 Namibia MTC LTE1800 New Zealand Vodafone LTE1800
  5. 5. 4 StatusoftheGlobalLTE1800Market|7/18/2013 Norway Telenor LTE1800/2600 Norway TeliaSonera LTE1800/2600 Oman Nawras LTE1800 Oman Omantel LTE1800 + TDD band 40 Philippines Globe LTE1800 Philippines Smart LTE1800/2100/850 Poland Mobyland/CenterNet   LTE1800 Poland Polkomtel   LTE1800 Portugal Optimus   LTE1800/2600/800 Portugal Vodafone   LTE1800/2600/800 Romania Cosmote   LTE1800 Romania Orange   LTE1800 Romania Vodafone   LTE1800 Saudi Arabia STC   LTE1800 + TDD band 40 Saudi Arabia Zain   LTE1800 Singapore M1   LTE1800/2600 Singapore SingTel   LTE1800/2600 Singapore StarHub   LTE1800 Slovak Republic Telefonica  O2   LTE1800 Slovenia Mobitel   LTE1800 Slovenia Si.mobil   LTE1800 South Africa MTN   LTE1800 South Africa Vodacom   LTE1800 South Korea KT   LTE1800 South Korea SK  Telecom   LTE1800/850 Spain Orange   LTE1800/2600 Spain Vodafone   LTE1800/2600 Sri Lanka Dialog  Axiata   LTE1800 + TDD band 40 Sri Lanka Mobitel   LTE1800 Sweden TeliaSonera   LTE1800/2600/800 Switzerland Orange   LTE1800 Switzerland Sunrise   LTE1800/2600 Switzerland Swisscom   LTE1800/2600/800 Tajikistan Babilon-­‐Mobile   LTE1800/2100 UAE Du   LTE1800 UAE Etisalat   LTE1800/2600 UK EE   LTE1800 GSA’s definition of commercial launch: the phase in which a public telecommunications operator is carrying commercial traffic on its LTE network, or offers to provide public service. Only licensed operators with spectrum assigned for use in public LTE communications networks are considered. MVNOs are not included. The LTE operator’s business model may be retail or wholesale. Devices compatible for use on the LTE network may be sold direct by the operator to the customer, or via distributors, resellers or other third parties, or already be owned by persons wishing to use the service.
  6. 6. 5 StatusoftheGlobalLTE1800Market|7/18/2013 Download map and other LTE/LTE1800 charts at Another 23 LTE1800 network deployments are in progress See GSA’s Evolution to LTE report (July 16, 2013) for more information about all network deployments, trials, studies, spectrum aspects etc. which is a free download at Country Operator Status Belgium Mobistar LTE1800 in deployment Bhutan Bhutan Telecom LTE1800 in deployment Bulgaria M-TEL LTE1800 in deployment Bulgaria Max Telecom LTE1800 in deployment Bulgaria Vivacom LTE1800 in deployment Czech Rep T Mobile LTE1800 in deployment France Bouygues Tel LTE1800 in deployment Germany E Plus LTE1800 in deployment India Videcon LTE1800 in deployment Myanmar P&T LTE1800 in deployment Netherlands KPN LTE1800 in deployment Netherlands T Mobile LTE1800 in deployment Norway MN/Tele2 LTE1800 in deployment Poland P4 (Play) LTE1800 in deployment Poland T Mobile LTE1800 in deployment South Africa 8ta LTE1800 in deployment South Africa Neotel LTE1800 in deployment Spain Yoigo LTE1800 in deployment Sweden Net4Mobility LTE1800 in deployment Tanzania Vodacom LTE1800 in deployment Thailand DTAC / TriNet LTE1800 in deployment UK 3 LTE1800 in deployment Venezuela Digitel LTE1800 in deployment
  7. 7. 6 StatusoftheGlobalLTE1800Market|7/18/2013 More LTE1800-related investments by network operators: Several additional operators have completed, or are engaged in, LTE1800 technology trials, studies, etc. including: T-Mobile (Austria), Algar Telecom (Brazil), Oi (Brazil), Vodafone (Czech Rep.), Orange (France), Indosat (Indonesia), Beeline (Laos), Celcom (Malaysia),Telecom NZ (New Zealand), Bayan Telecom (Philippines), Tele2 (Russia), SMARTS (Russia), TOT/AIS (Thailand), True Move (Thailand), and Avea (Turkey). Additional LTE1800 resources and useful links ◊ LTE1800 Zone – white papers, reports, presentations: ◊ LTE1800 LinkedIN Group: ◊ LTE User Devices LinkedIN Group: ◊ Operator presentation from Altel: see link on ◊ The Business Benefits of 4G LTE: see link on GSA REPORT: “Embracing the 1800MHz opportunity: Driving mobile forward with LTE in the 1800MHz band” Shows from practical, economic and business perspectives why 1800 MHz is a prime band for LTE in virtually all regions of the world, and its importance for roaming. Key conclusions: ALSO RECOMMENDED GSA’s Evolution to LTE report – download via the link on GSA’s Status of the LTE Ecosystem report – download via the link on GSA has a global community of over 58,000 registered site users who are able to download a wide range of current key reports, information papers, presentations, charts, maps, contributions from network operators, etc. and to receive timely alerts about site content updates. Registration page for new site users: GSA strives at all times to ensure that the information provided is always as accurate as possible. The content contained in this report is based on information provided to GSA in good faith but such information cannot always be fully guaranteed and at all times. Therefore such content is provided without warranty in currentness, completeness or correctness. Errors and Omissions Excepted. Updates are welcome, by email to Copyright © GSA – Global mobile Suppliers Association. Reproduction of this material for non- commercial use is allowed if the source is stated. For other use please contact the GSA Secretariat via email to