Status of the LTE Ecosystem report - July 5, 2013


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This updated report, which was researched and published by GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association) on July 5, 2013 confirms the solid industry commitment to LTE and shows that a robust support ecosystem of LTE user devices is established and continuously expanding. This latest research identified a total of 948 LTE user devices announced to the market by 100 suppliers. Device support for each of the main operating frequency bands is presented. For the first time we feature 850 MHz (band 5) as another of the frequency selections.

The number of LTE devices i.e. 948 as confirmed in this report, is 531 higher than the number GSA reported a year ago. The report covers devices supporting both the FDD and TDD modes of the LTE standard.

Most devices operate in FDD mode. However, 200 devices are identified which can operate in the TDD mode. This segment is growing strongly.

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Status of the LTE Ecosystem report - July 5, 2013

  1. 1.           REPORT:  Status  of   the  LTE  Ecosystem   July  5,  2013     This report by the GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association) provides an analysis of 948 LTE user devices launched in the market by 100 suppliers, which we have identified from our latest research. LTE is a mainstream technology with global acceptance backed with a huge industrial commitment and supported by a very well established and rapidly expanding devices eco-system. LTE is the fastest developing mobile communications system technology ever.       GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association) © GSA – Global mobile Suppliers Association Join the discussions in our LinkedIN groups GSA: LTE1800: LTE TDD: LTE User Devices: APT700 band:
  2. 2. 948 LTE User Devices • Announced by 100 manufacturers GSA monitors and surveys worldwide mobile broadband market developments and publishes the facts, statistics and trends in its “Evolution to LTE” report, confirming operator commitments to LTE, network deployments, launches, trials, regulatory and market developments. 175 LTE networks (GSA – May 2013) are commercially launched globally, and GSA forecasts 248 LTE networks will be in commercial service by end 2013. See the GSA website for latest updates. LTE subscriptions passed 100 million in May 2013. 948 LTE user devices including frequency and carrier variants have been launched by 100 manufacturers according to research by GSA to July 4, 2013. This figure is 531 higher than GSA reported a year ago. The number of manufacturers increased by almost 50% in the same period. Most devices operate in the FDD mode. LTE is becoming more common in mid-tier devices. LTE devices address all segments – see chart below. 948 LTE user devices - form factors © GSA – Global mobile Suppliers Association Download the above chart via link on 316 LTE smartphones (including operator and frequency variants) are announced i.e. almost 4 times the number in July 2012. LTE is supported in the most popular smartphones from the leading brands. Smartphones are the largest LTE device category. The LTE-connected tablet is another fast- growing device segment as is the personal hotspot. 200 devices can operate in TDD mode. Detailed analysis of all 948 LTE devices is available to authorized users of the GAMBoD - LTE tool – conditions apply ( GAMBoD is NOT a public resource. Access is strictly for use only by: * registered users from “GSA member” companies * registered users from network operators * registered users from “Associate of GSA” enterprises LTE user devices growth to July 2013 © GSA – Global mobile Suppliers Association Download the above chart via link on LTE Operating Frequencies LTE networks are deployed globally in many bands. The table confirms which LTE bands are most supported by the devices ecosystem: LTE FDD 2600 MHz band 7 324 devices 1800 MHz band 3 284 devices 800 MHz band 20 243 devices 700 MHz bands 12, 17 224 devices 2100 MHz band 1 215 devices 700 MHz band 13 211 devices 800/1800/2600 tri-band 209 devices AWS band 4 203 devices 900 MHz band 8 105 devices 850 MHz band 5 80 devices LTE TDD 2600 MHz band 38 153 devices 2300 MHz band 40 137 devices 1900 MHz band 39 45 devices 2600 MHz band 41 37 devices Note 1: Manufacturers have not declared operating frequencies or fallback modes for some products Note 2: Several devices are multi-band Note 3: 3GPP defines a number of bands in 700 MHz: Band 12: (Lower 700 MHz) 699 MHz-716 MHz /729 MHz-746 MHz Band 13: (Upper C 700 MHz) 777 MHz-787 MHz /746 MHz-756 MHz Band 14: (Upper D 700 MHz) 788 MHz-798 MHz /758 MHz-768 MHz Band 17: (Lower B, C 700 MHz) 704 MHz-716 MHz /734 MHz-746 MHz APAC Digital Dividend (APAC700): 698 - 806 MHz Note 4: Certain products are carrier or country specific and are not available in all markets 3G interworking/fallback • 658 LTE devices also operate on either HSPA, HSPA+ or DC-HSPA+ networks • 302 LTE devices support DC-HSPA+ • 243 LTE devices support EV-DO network
  3. 3. 1800 MHz: most popular LTE band 1800 MHz continues to be the most popular spectrum for LTE deployments, used in the majority of commercially launched networks globally. 284 LTE1800 user devices have been announced, which is almost triple the number of a year ago, and are available in all form factors. All the most popular smartphones and brands support LTE1800. For the current worldwide market situation of LTE network deployments in 1800 MHz spectrum see GSA’s Status of the Global LTE1800 Market report – download via the link on LTE TDD devices LTE is a single global 3GPP standard that addresses both FDD and TDD spectrum. LTE TDD is an integral part of the standard. Interest is strong and growing globally. For the current worldwide market situation see GSA’s Status of the Global LTE TDD Market report – download via the link on Multi-band, multi-mode LTE-TDD dongles and CPEs are commercially available from all major chipset and device manufacturers. 200 products are announced by user device and chipset vendors for the TDD mode and are available in various form factors including dongles, routers, portable hotspots, embedded modules, smartphones and tablets. • Terminal support for band 38 is 76% • Terminal support for band 40 is 68% • Terminal support for band 39 is 22% • Terminal support for band 41 is 18% There is a good choice today of dual mode FDD- TDD devices. For example, the bands 7/40 combination is supported in 65 devices, and the bands 3/38 combination is supported in 60 devices. Several operators are committed or are studying deploying commercial LTE TDD systems in 3.5 GHz spectrum (bands 42, 43), representing an exciting global opportunity for the industry. The number of LTE TDD devices operating in 3.5 GHz (bands 42, 43) although relatively few, has almost doubled since the early 2013. GSA calls on semiconductor and device manufacturers to support the goals and investments of 3.5 GHz LTE TDD operators in bands 42/43 to ensure availability of the required devices eco-system at the earliest opportunity. Devices analysis using GAMBoD GAMBoD is the GSA Analyzer for Mobile Broadband Devices, a unique search and analysis tool developed by GSA for mobile broadband devices, allowing searches of GSA’s devices databases by supplier, form factor, features, peak downlink and uplink speeds, and operating frequency. Results are presented in list form, or in a spreadsheet or charts. An RSS feed can be set up by users to alert them to when GSA adds new devices to our databases. Charts may be inserted into documents or presentations, subject to citing GSA as the source. Two databases are available for personalized analysis tasks – one is for HSPA, HSPA+ and DC- HSPA+ products. The second database, GAMBoD-LTE, references all 948 LTE devices confirmed in this report. Both GAMBoD databases are located at Using GAMBoD-LTE: search 948 LTE devices by: • Manufacturer name • Product model number or name • Form factor • FDD spectrum selector bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 20, and 25. • TDD spectrum selector bands 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, and 43. • 3G fallback technology supported: HSPA, or HSPA+, or DC-HSPA+, or EV-DO, or TD- SCDMA Access to GAMBoD is available only to qualified site users, which GSA defines as follows: • registered site users who are employees of “GSA member” companies
  4. 4. • registered site users who are employees of network operators • registered site users who are employees of “Associate of GSA” enterprises (see below) In all cases, users must have registered on the GSA website using their corporate email address. Sample chart using GAMBoD This chart shows the breakdown of the current total of 948 LTE user devices by form factors ASSOCIATE of GSA GSA offers medium and large-size enterprises such as consultancies, analysts, manufacturers, test houses etc. the opportunity to become an “Associate of GSA” with the main benefit of receiving a licence for use of the GAMBoD tools and databases by any of its employees worldwide who are registered as users on the GSA website with their corporate email address, and subject to the published terms of use for GAMBoD. The annual fee for an enterprise to subscribe as an “Associate of GSA” is GBP 2,500.00. Benefits commence on receipt of payment. Regulatory authorities are also encouraged to subscribe as an Associate of GSA, thereby gaining access to GAMBoD, to assist policy development, especially with regards to identifying spectrum for mobile communications systems and channel allocations. More info: and download the referenced document. To apply for your company to become an Associate of GSA, enabling access for all employees to GAMBoD, contact “Associate of GSA” is not a GSA membership category. APT700 band plan – global support Adoption of the APT700 band plan (698-806 MHz) by a growing number of countries across the APAC and Latin America regions confirms the strong momentum and represents a major opportunity for global spectrum harmonization for LTE systems, paving the way for ensuring the greatest economies of scale for devices and capacity for mobile broadband, and for roaming. APT700 FDD band plan 2 x 45 MHz plus guard band (3GPP Band 28) • 703-748 MHz for the uplink • 10 MHz guard band • 758-803 MHz for the downlink APT700 TDD band plan 703-803 MHz (3GPP Band 44) The FDD plan has attracted the most support The GSM Association and GSA organized a roundtable at MWC2013 to discuss the state of the ecosystem for APT700 band plan chipsets and user devices, and agree on actions needed to progress use of this band. Presentations from the roundtable are available to download from the GSA website - sign in and follow the links. Registration page for new users “APT700 band” Ericsson presentation by Mikael Halén, Director, Government and Industry Relations “Overview of devices landscape” GSA presentation by Alan Hadden, President Another seminar was held in Shanghai in June 2013. Telstra presentation “Building the Mobile Broadband Ecosystem for the APT700 MHz band” is available on A number of white papers about APT700 are in development. Further details will be included in updates of this report – also see GSA calls on all semiconductor and device manufacturers to support the goals of policy makers and planned investments by LTE operators globally to ensure availability of the required devices eco-system for the APT700 band plan. White papers from the industry supporting the APT700 band plan are welcomed – please send drafts to Join the APT700 band LINKEDIN group:
  5. 5. Membership of GSA is open to any supplier of products, systems or services related to the mobile industry and brings many benefits including access to GAMBoD. The range of benefits also includes enhanced networking and influencing opportunities, and unique promotional/visibility opportunities for your company name, capabilities, positioning and messages. A member company can have four papers (e.g. white papers or joint-branded papers) promoted on the GSA home page each year to GSA’s large, global, targeted user base. More details can be found at GSA membership also represents excellent value for money and return on investment for delivery to your target audiences compared to conference sponsorship, as demonstrated in the chart below. For information about benefits of Membership and annual fee, email to GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association) represents GSM/EDGE/WCDMA-HSPA/HSPA+ and LTE suppliers. GSA brings together a global industry community of telecoms professionals through the website and practical activities. The GSA website has over 58,000 registered users for knowledge gathering and information sharing of key facts, trends and analysis. Register for free downloads of reports, information papers, maps, charts, etc. News/updates RSS Feed: GSA LinkedIN group: LTE1800 LinkedIN group: LTE TDD LinkedIN group: LTE User Devices LinkedIN Group Twitter: Facebook: NOTES:   Errors  &  Omissions  Excepted   General  announcements  relating  e.g.  to  future  product  collaborations  or  launches  are  not  included   Greater and more efficient reach, better RoI with GSA GSA membership typically delivers a higher return on investment than conference sponsorship A presentation or white paper from a GSA member company placed on the GSA website typically achieves 700+ downloads, and may be considerably higher Cost(GBpounds) 0 2000 4000 6000 8000 10000 12000 Annual GSA membership Conference silver sponsor 54,000 registered site users 100 conference delegates 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 Delivery cost via GSA Delivery cost via conference 0 200 400 600 800 Conference delegates Downloads via GSA website ADDRESSABLE AUDIENCE