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LTE Development in Europe

LTE Development in Europe

Long-term evolution (LTE) is the key technology demonstrating value and differentiation for mobile network operators (MNOs). However, service penetration in Europe is still modest, ranging from 􂀀% in Russia to approximately 􂀀% in the United Kingdom and 􂀀% in Sweden (2014).

As of end 2014, there were 􂀀 live and 􂀀 planned LTE networks in the 􂀀 European countries covered in this study.

The 􂀀 MHz spectrum band dominates the landscape. It is used in 􂀀% of the commercially deployed LTE networks, followed by the 􂀀 GHz (􂀀%) and 􂀀MHz (􂀀%) bands. With spectrum being scarce, there is a growing interest in the exploration of lower LTE frequency in the 􂀀MHz band. France and Germany will hold their respective spectrum auctions in 2015, while Sweden and the United Kingdom will hold theirs over the next 􂀀 years.

The launch of the LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation (LTE-A CA) service was a major trend in 2014. By the end of the year, there were 􂀀 live LTE-A networks. Taking note of the additional deployments in progress, trials, and studies, 􂀀% of the LTE operators are currently investing in LTE-A technology.

In terms of LTE offerings, Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) is undergoing trials and first live demonstrations. However, the service should gain momentum in 2015 with almost a quarter of LTE operators planning service launches in this year.

LTE Broadcast has so far been studied/trialled only by a small number of LTE operators. The first live demonstrations took place during some major sports events in 2014 and more are expected to follow over the coming years.

About this report

This study provides an update on the state of long-term evolution (LTE) deployment across 11 European countries. It offers a snapshot of the mobile communications market per country. It also analyses the key LTE developments and plans of mobile network operators in the areas of LTE-Advanced, Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE), and LTE Broadcast.


  • Executive Summary
    • Key Findings
    • LTE Penetration-Country Comparison
    • Definitions
    • Scope and Objectives
  • France
    • French Mobile Communications Market
      • Table Mobile Communications Market: Selected Mobile Operators' Data, France, 2013
      • Table Mobile Communications Market: Connections, France, 2009-2014
    • French LTE Deployments
      • Table LTE Market: LTE Deployments, France, 2012-2015
    • French LTE Highlights
  • Germany
    • German Mobile Communications Market
      • Table Mobile Communications Market: Selected Mobile Operators' Data, Germany, 2013
      • Table Mobile Communications Market: Connections, Germany, 2009-2014
    • German LTE Deployments
      • Table LTE Market: LTE Deployments, Germany, 2010–2015
    • German LTE Highlights
  • Italy
    • Italian Mobile Communications Market
      • Table Mobile Communications Market: Selected Mobile Operators' Data, Italy, 2013
      • Table Mobile Communications Market: Connections, Italy, 2009-2014
    • Italian LTE Deployments
      • Table LTE Market: LTE Deployments, Italy, 2012–2015
    • Italian LTE Highlights
  • Spain
    • Spanish Mobile Communications Market
      • Table Mobile Communications Market: Selected Mobile Operators' Data, Spain, 2013
      • Table Mobile Communications Market: Connections, Spain, 2009-2014
    • Spanish LTE Deployments
      • Table LTE Market: LTE Deployments, Spain, 2013–2015
    • Spanish LTE Highlights
  • Sweden
    • Swedish Mobile Communications Market
      • Table Mobile Communications Market: Selected Mobile Operators' Data, Sweden, 2013
      • Table Mobile Communications Market: Connections, Sweden, 2009-2014
    • Swedish LTE Deployments
      • Table LTE Market: LTE Deployments, Sweden, 2009–2016
    • Swedish LTE Highlights
  • United Kingdom
    • UK Mobile Communications Market
      • Table Mobile Communications Market: Selected Mobile Operators' Data, UK, 2013
      • Table Mobile Communications Market: Connections, UK, 2009-2014
    • UK LTE Deployments
      • Table LTE Market: LTE Deployments, UK, 2012–2015
    • UK LTE Highlights
  • Czech Republic
    • Czech Mobile Communications Market
      • Table Mobile Communications Market: Selected Mobile Operators' Data, Czech Republic, 2013
      • Table Mobile Communications Market: Connections, Czech Republic, 2009-2014
    • Czech LTE Deployments
      • Table LTE Market: LTE Deployments, Czech Republic, 2012–2016
    • Czech LTE Highlights
  • Hungary
    • Hungarian Mobile Communications Market
      • Table Mobile Communications Market: Selected Mobile Operators' Data, Hungary, 2013
      • Table Mobile Communications Market: Connections, Hungary, 2009-2014
    • Hungarian LTE Deployments
      • Table LTE Market: LTE Deployments, Hungary, 2011–2015
    • Hungarian LTE Highlights
  • Poland
    • Polish Mobile Communications Market
      • Table Mobile Communications Market: Selected Mobile Operators' Data, Poland, 2013
      • Table Mobile Communications Market: Connections, Poland, 2009-2014
    • Polish LTE Deployments
      • Table LTE Market: LTE Deployments, Poland, 2010–2015
    • Polish LTE Highlights
  • Russia
    • Russian Mobile Communications Market
      • Table Mobile Communications Market: Selected Mobile Operators' Data, Russia, 2013
      • Table Mobile Communications Market: Connections, Russia, 2009-2014
    • Russian LTE Deployments
      • Table LTE Market: LTE Deployments, Russia, 2012–2015
    • Russian LTE Highlights
  • Turkey
    • Turkish Mobile Communications Market
      • Table Mobile Communications Market: Selected Mobile Operators' Data, Turkey, 2013
      • Table Mobile Communications Market: Connections, Turkey, 2009-2014
    • Turkish LTE Deployments
    • Turkish LTE Highlights

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