GSMA forecasts one billion 4G-LTE connections worldwide by 2017. At the end of 2013, there were 176 million LTE connections globally. Nearly 500 LTE networks are forecast to be in service across 128 countries, roughly double the number of live LTE networks today.
According to a latest Ericsson mobility report, global mobile subscriptions are expected to reach 9.3 billion by 2019, and more than 60 percent of these will be for smartphones. WCDMA/HSPA networks are predicted to cover 90 percent of the world's population by 2019.
Earlier this week Intel announced the commercial availability of its multimode, multiband 4G LTE solution. Intel's XMM 7160 LTE modem is now shipping in the 4G version of the Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 (10.1) which is available in Asia and Europe.
During 2013 there have been at least 15 smartphones launched to date, and there might well be some more before the year is out. While many of these have really more or less sneaked in by the back door, others have been heralded by bugle calls from the roof and other hype generating publicity blazes.
TETRA has been very successful in delivering mission critical voice with simultaneous narrowband data services for emergency services and other sectors, and as with all successful technologies the price has decreased over time, whilst the level of functionality has increased.
200 LTE networks have been commercially launched in 76 countries by 31 July 2013, confirms the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA). 54 LTE networks of these have been launched in the first 7 months of 2013.
A recent ABI Research report expects LTE deployments to deliver population coverage of 57% (4.2 billion) by 2018 while legacy WCDMA and CDMA2000 to cover 31% (2.3 billion). Out of 470 LTE commitments tracked by the company, 193 have gone commercial.
Recent GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association) report confirms that 100 manufacturers have announced 948 LTE-enabled user devices, including frequency and carrier variants. 531 new LTE user devices were launched in the past year while the number of manufacturers increased by almost 50% in this period.
Javier Arenzana Arias, director Rich Communication Services, Telefonica, Spain is speaking at the LTE Operator Mind Share, part of the LTE World Summit, taking place on the 24th June at the Amsterdam RAI, Netherlands.