LTE investment now totals 208 countries

The Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) has said in an update to its Evolution to LTE report that, since June 2010, 98 additional countries have invested in LTE, bringing the total to 208. In terms of hard deployments, either existing or planned, the numbers have gone up by 32, taking it to 154 across 60 countries.

There have been 20 commercially launched networks so far, across the following 14 countries: Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Lithuania, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Sweden, USA, and Uzbekistan.

Meanwhile, fifty-four operators are currently engaged in pilot, pre-commitment LTE network trials. The fast pace of LTE development means that the GSA has raised its forecasts for the market and anticipates that an additional 81 LTE network will be in commercial service by the end of 2012. This makes LTE the fastest developing mobile network technology ever, the trade organisation said.

The brightest and best from the LTE industry will be attending the two-day LTE World Summit 2011, which starts tomorrow at the RAI, Amsterdam. The winners of the LTE Awards 2011 will be announced in the evening on the 17 May 2011.

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