November 26, 2015
4G Americas, the industry trade association and “voice of 5G for the Americas,” has announced that LTE-Advanced has been commercially deployed on 100 networks worldwide in 49 countries.
The first LTE-Advanced networks were deployed in South Korea in June 2013 and utilized Carrier Aggregation which has become the most popular technology feature of LTE-Advanced. By December 2014, the number of LTE-Advanced networks had increased to 33 commercial networks worldwide, all of which had utilized Carrier Aggregation.
Carrier Aggregation allows operators the ability to utilize disparate spectrum bands to create larger spectrum swaths to increase efficiencies and download speeds.
“We expect almost all operators to deploy LTE-Advanced,” said Chris Pearson, president of 4G Americas. “LTE technology and its evolution will provide the mobile broadband foundation for future 5G technologies.”
According to the association, LTE-Advanced will continue to “evolve through LTE-Advanced Pro (3GPP Release 13 and beyond) even as 5G technologies are standardized in Release 14 and onward. It is expected that 5G technologies will interoperate with existing LTE-Advanced networks to provide subscribers with a seamless mobile broadband experience.”
Key facts on LTE and LTE-Advanced include:
* 430 commercial LTE networks
* 100 commercial LTE-Advanced networks
* 907 million total LTE subscribers; expected forecast of 3.6 billion by 2020
* 68 commercial LTE networks deployed in Canada and the U.S.
* Seven commercial LTE-Advanced networks deployed in U.S. (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and Redzone Wireless) and Canada (Bell Mobility, Rogers and Telus)
* 219 million total LTE subscribers; expected forecast of 392 million by 2020
* 71 commercial LTE networks in 25 countries
4G Americas’ Board of Governors members include Alcatel-Lucent, América Móvil, AT&T, Cable & Wireless, Cisco, CommScope, Entel, Ericsson, HPE, Intel, Mitel, Nokia, Qualcomm, Sprint, T-Mobile US, Inc. and Telefónica.