LTE reached 6.25 million subs in Q3 2011

Dominant bands for LTE deployments in the future include 2.6GHz, 800MHz and 1800MHz
LTE will see significant growth in 2016.
LTE will see significant growth in 2016.


The 16th issue of 4GCounts Quarterly Report by Maravedis showed a quarter over quarter subscriber increase of 250% for LTE and 12% for WiMAX.

In Q3 2011, 35 operators had commercially launched FDD LTE. Cintia Garza, 4GCounts team leader said: "LTE adoption is accelerating. Maravedis anticipates that there will be 448 million LTE subscribers by 2016, of which 20% will be TD-LTE users."

The majority of TD-LTE trials were conducted in APAC, with nearly 12 operator trials, followed by Europe with nine trials. Basharat Ashai, co-author of the report said: "Although we have seen some commercial TD-LTE deployments happening in 2011 outside Asia, these deployments will not drive the economies of scale expected from the deployments that will occur in China and India next year, and volume production of TD-LTE handsets will not be realized until the end of 2012. We now expect TD-LTE smartphones will be ready for commercial launch in early 2013."

The majority of awarded LTE infrastructure contracts this quarter went to NSN-Motorola and Huawei, with a 29% and 26% win respectively. Some of the leading LTE infrastructure providers for the top 50 LTE operators are Huawei, Ericsson and Nokia Siemens.

Furthermore the quarterly report shed light on some interesting findings. The majority of LTE devices available today operate on the 700MHz band. This is because the majority of LTE deployments are from US operators like Verizon Wireless and AT&T.

It is forecasted that by 2016, smartphones, USB dongles and tablets will dominate the 4G device market accounting for 47%, 20% and 16% of the 4G device market share respectively. Another interesting development is that 36% of the total WiMAX devices sold in the last quarter were in the handset/smartphones category.


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