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Global Mobile Broadband - The Fast Growth of LTE


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There is no doubt that LTE is going to take a prime position in broadband developments. With competitively priced services, innovative smartphones and an increasing range of very innovative apps this market is set to continue to boom. LTE has become the fastest-developing mobile system technology and many countries around the world are either trialling or deploying 4G LTE networks. By the end of 2013 there will be over a couple of hundred in commercial operation worldwide and well over 600 devices which support LTE.

This report provides a summary of the overall global LTE market and includes valuable insights into the countries which are leading in terms of LTE development, written by BuddeComm’s Senior Analysts.

Latest developments:

By the end of 2012 there were a further 97 commercial LTE networks deployed around the world, bringing the total to 144 and by the end of 2013 there will be over 230. Japan, South Korea, USA and Scandinavia are some of the leading markets in terms of LTE.

Companies mentioned in this report:

AT&T Mobility; Clearwire; Ericsson; Huawei; KDDI; Metro PCS; Nokia Siemens Network; NTT DoCoMo; Softbank; Sprint; T-Mobile; TDC; T-Mobile; Telenor; TeliaSonera; US Cellular; Verizon; ZTE.


1. Synopsis
2. Will LTE steal the broadband revolution?
3. Market summary
3.1 Subscriptions and deployments
3.2 Regional market share
3.3 Growing interest in TD-LTE (TDD)
4. Examples of leading markets
4.1 USA
4.1.1 Operators
4.2 South Korea
4.2.1 Voice over LTE
4.3 Japan
4.3.1 LTE-Advanced
4.4 Scandinavia
4.4.1 Norway
4.4.2 Sweden
4.4.3 Denmark
5. Other recent insights
5.1 LTE in South Africa
5.2 Angola: Billions of US$ in investments into LTE and fibre in 2013-15
5.3 Fibre and LTE propel broadband in the UAE
5.4 Moldova among Europe’s leading markets for mobile technologies
5.5 Estonia remains among leading European nations for LTE
6. Related reports
Table 1 – Worldwide LTE subscribers – 2011 - 2018
Table 2 – Worldwide LTE growth – 2010 - 2012
Table 3 – Regional market share of LTE subscriptions – 2012
Table 4 – Verizon Wireless LTE device sales – 2011 - 2012
Table 5 – South Korea - LTE mobile subscribers by operator – 2011 – 2012
Table 6 – Japan LTE subscribers – 2010 - 2013
Table 7 – NTT DoCoMo LTE roadmap – 2011 – 2013; 2015
Table 8 – Sweden - LTE subscribers – 2010 - 2012
Exhibit 1 – LTE definition
Exhibit 2 – TD-LTE commercial networks launched – early 2013
Exhibit 3 – Long-term evolution (LTE) roadmap in Japan – 2008 - 2012

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