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GSA Status of the Global LTE TDD Market report - July 2013


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Operator commitments, network deployments, commercial launches, trials, devices ecosystem, spectrum

This updated report incorporates data and analysis from GSA's Evolution to LTE report (published July 16, 2013) and GSA's Status of the LTE Ecosystem report (published July 5, 2013). The report summarizes LTE TDD operator commitments, trials, studies, network deployments, commercial launches worldwide, the spectrum choices, and LTE TDD user devices availability.

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GSA Status of the Global LTE TDD Market report - July 2013

  1. 1. July 20, 2013 © GSA – Global mobile Suppliers Association Status of the Global LTE TDD Market 59 commercial LTE TDD networks in deployment or firmly planned - including 18 commercially launched networks Report published by GSA Global mobile Suppliers Association
  2. 2. StatusoftheGlobalLTETDDMarket|7/20/2013 Status of the Global LTE TDD Market 59 commercial LTE TDD networks in deployment or firmly planned - including 18 commercially launched networks LTE is a mainstream technology delivering capacity, data throughput enhancements and low latency to support existing and new services and features requiring higher levels of capability and performance to over 100 million users (May 2013). The primary drive to LTE from operators is the need for more capacity, performance management and improved efficiencies. LTE is the next step in the user experience, enhancing and enabling more demanding applications such as interactive TV, mobile video blogging, advanced gaming, and professional services. LTE TDD operator commitments, system and devices maturity are confirmed in this report. (This report considers deployments, trials, studies etc. only by public telecommunications services operators) 194 LTE operators have commercially launched services in 75 countries (GSA Evolution to LTE report: July 16, 2013). This includes 18 operators who have commercially launched LTE TDD. Nine operators have launched combined FDD and TDD networks. Interest in LTE TDD is global. 2
  3. 3. StatusoftheGlobalLTETDDMarket|7/20/2013 The 3GPP LTE standard is designed to deliver peak downlink data rates up to 300 Mbps, improved spectrum efficiency, and reduced radio access delays (latency), and can operate in paired spectrum (Frequency Division Duplex – FDD mode) or unpaired spectrum (Time Division Duplex – TDD mode). The TDD mode uses unpaired spectrum, whereby a single carrier frequency is used with downlink and uplink transmissions separated in time. The two modes (i.e. FDD and TDD) deliver similar performance and benefit equivalently from evolution of the standard. The TDD mode of LTE is the most efficient and highest performing RAN technology for operators with unpaired spectrum. Within globally assigned IMT bands for mobile services, significant resources are suitable for LTE TDD. The largest contiguous bands are 2.3 GHz (100 MHz – band 40) and 2.6 GHz (band 38). These are the main bands for LTE TDD systems deployments in Europe, India, China and APAC, the Middle East, and Latin America. An LTE TDD system is being deployed using 2496-2690 MHz spectrum (band 41) in the USA and a network in this band is commercially launched in Japan. Band 41 has also been allocated for TDD deployments in China, where band 39 (1880-1920 MHz) is also assigned for TDD deployments. An LTE TDD network using 3.5/3.6 GHz spectrum (bands 42, 43) is commercially launched in the UK and several other operators with 3.5 GHz spectrum assets are also planning to deploy LTE TDD systems as confirmed in this report. In December 2012, the FCC (USA) adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would make 100 MHz in the 3550-3650 MHz band available for shared small cell use. Due to the demand for radio technologies for unpaired bands and leveraging the commonalities above, LTE TDD can exploit global economies of scale similar to LTE FDD, with a short time to market as a mainstream technology. LTE TDD is an ideal path for WiMAX™ operators to grow their business, and many have decided to deploy LTE TDD systems in their networks. LTE TDD also provides a future-proof evolutionary path for TD-SCDMA, which is another 3GPP standard, and which is widely deployed in China. New allocations for spectrum suitable for LTE TDD deployments are being made in various markets around the world, typically via auctions. Imminent examples include proposed auctions in Bulgaria and Cyprus. See GSA’s Evolution to LTE report (July 16, 2013) for further information about commitment level/deployment status per operator, GSA’s definition of commercial launch, regulatory developments including spectrum management and allocations (covering TDD and FDD deployments) – follow the link on 3
  4. 4. StatusoftheGlobalLTETDDMarket|7/20/2013 18 commercially launched LTE TDD networks 41 LTE TDD commercial networks in deployment or planned Country Operator Band Country Operator Band Algeria Algeria Telecom To be confirmed Madagascar Blueline 40 Bahrain Menatelecom 42 Malaysia Asiaspace 40 Belgium b-lite 42 Malaysia P1 40 Belgium BUCD 38 Mongolia Ulusnet 42 China China Mobile Various Montenegro Velatel 42 Costa Rica IBW Intl 40 Nepal Nepal Telecom 40 Croatia Velatel 42 Nicaragua IBW Intl 40 Denmark 3 Denmark 38 Nigeria Mobitel 40 El Salvador IBW Intl 40 Nigeria Spectranet 40 Finland Datame 38 Nigeria Swift Networks 40, 42 France Bollore 42 Nigeria Zoda Fones 38 Germany DBD 42 Poland Milmex 42 Guatemala IBW Intl 40 Puerto Rico Aeronet 38 Hong Kong 3 HK 40 Romania 2K Telecom 38 India Aircel 40 Russia Osnova Tel. 40 India RIL 40 Russia Rostelecom 40 India Tikona Digital 40 Russia Smoltelecom 42 Indonesia IM2 40 Russia Vainakh 40 Iraq MaxyTel To be confirmed UK NSV (BT) 38 Ireland Imagine Group 42, 43 USA Clearwire 41 Italy AFT-Linkem 42, 43 Plus operators engaged in LTE TDD trials or studies including: 3 (Austria), Sazz (Azerbaijan), Sasktel, Xplornet (Canada), Orange (France), E Plus (Germany), 21 Vianet Group (Hong Kong), BSNL, MTNL (India), 3 Italia (Italy), Kordia, Woosh (New Zealand), Nawras (Oman), Enforta (Russia), Smart (Philippines), Neo- Sky, R (Spain), Chunghwa, FarEasTone, Global Mobile Corp., Fitel (Taiwan), AIS-TOT (Thailand), Dedicado (Uruguay), Xplornet (USA), Movilmax (Venezuela) Country Operator TDD frequency TDD band LTE mode Australia NBN Co. 2.3 GHz 40 TDD Australia Optus 2.3 GHz 40 TDD + FDD Brazil On Telecomunicacoes 2.6 GHz 38 TDD Brazil Sky Brasil Services 2.6 GHz 38 TDD Hong Kong China Mobile Hong Kong 2.3 GHz 40 TDD + FDD India Bharti Airtel 2.3 GHz 40 TDD Japan Softbank XGP/LTE TDD 2.6 GHz 41 TDD Oman Omantel 2.3 GHz 40 TDD + FDD Poland Aero2 2.6 GHz 38 TDD + FDD Russia Megafon / Moscow 2.6 GHz 38 TDD + FDD Russia MTS / Moscow 2.6 GHz 38 TDD + FDD Saudi Arabia Mobily 2.6 GHz 38 TDD Saudi Arabia STC 2.3 GHz 40 TDD + FDD South Africa Telkom Mobile (8ta) 2.3 GHz 40 TDD Spain COTA/Murcia4G 2.6 GHz 38 TDD Sri Lanka Dialog Axiata 2.3 GHz 40 TDD + FDD Sweden 3 Sweden 2.6 GHz 38 TDD + FDD UK UK Broadband 3.5 GHz 42, 43 TDD 4
  5. 5. StatusoftheGlobalLTETDDMarket|7/20/2013 Maturing LTE TDD user devices ecosystem GSA regularly updates the contents of its GAMBoD database of LTE user devices announced by manufacturers. Key findings are published in the Status of the LTE Ecosystem report. The report published on July 5, 2013 confirmed 948 products (including operator and frequency variants) announced by 100 manufacturers. 531 new LTE products were announced in the past year. FDD and TDD (TD-LTE) devices are included. Multi-band, multi-mode LTE-TDD dongles and CPEs are commercially available from all major chipset and device manufacturers. The report confirmed that 200 devices can operate using the LTE TDD mode. Bands 38 (2.6 GHz) and 40 (2.3 GHz) have the largest device ecosystems. LTE TDD devices are available in all form factors including smartphones, dongles, routers, portable hotspots, embedded modules, and mobile tablets – see chart (left). Status of the LTE Ecosystem July 5, 2013 Press release: Detailed analysis of the LTE TDD (and FDD) devices ecosystem is possible using GSA’s GAMBoD tool (access restrictions apply – see GSA calls upon semiconductor and device manufacturers to also support the many operators who are deploying or planning LTE TDD systems in globally available 3.5 GHz spectrum (bands 42, 43) to ensure a good choice and timely availability of user devices. Additional LTE TDD resources, useful links (first log in to ◊ MAP: LTE TDD Investments Worldwide: – ( ◊ LTE TDD: Enabling Europe’s Radio Spectrum Policy Programme with the 2300 MHz band for LTE ( ◊ Mobile network design in the data world: ( ◊ LTE in the 3500 MHz band ( Register for updates, reports, information papers, maps, charts, etc. at: LINKEDIN GROUPS ◊ LTE TDD ◊ LTE User Devices 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 5