LTE, here to stay?

Have heard lots of people talking about LTE as something which almost ‘will never happen’, ‘It is far from here’.
But is this expression of opinion based on facts or may be expression of wishes? May be some facts could bring some lights to this matter. Do you know that

7 commercial LTE systems are already launched:

  • TeliaSonera – Norway
  • TeliaSonera – Sweden
  • MTS – Uzbekistan
  • Ucell – Uzbekistan
  • Mobyland and CenterNet – Poland
  • MetroPCS – USA
  • Mobilkom – Austria
Source GSA – October 26, 2010

As you may know TeliaSonera in Sweden planning to launch LTE in 20 cities by end of 2010 and by end of 2011 LTE is covered in 228 Swedish Cities. The GSA reports also

  • 113 LTE network commitments in 46 countries
  • At least 55 LTE networks will be in commercialised by end of 2012
  • 43 pre-commitment for LTE trials
Country Operator Expected launch
Norway TeliaSonera Launched 15.12.2009
Sweden TeliaSonera Launched 15.12.2009
Uzbekistan MTS Launched 28.07.2010
Uzbekistan UCell Launched 2010-08
Poland Mobyland and CenterNet Launched 07.09.2010
USA MetroPCS Launched 21.09.2010
Austria Mobilkom Austria Launched 19.10.2010
Armenia Vivacell-MTS 2010
Canada Telus 2010
Canada Bell Canada 2010
Finland TeliaSonera 2010
Germany Deutsche Telekom 2010
Japan NTT DoCoMo 2010
Japan Emobile 2010
Russia Yota 2011
Sweden TeleNor Sweden 2010
Sweden Tele2 Sweden 2010
USA CenturyTel 2010
USA Verizon Wireless 2010
UAE Etisalat 2010
Canada Rogers Wireless 2011
China China Mobile 2010-11
Germany Vodafone 2010-11
Hong Kong PCCW 2010-11
Hong Kong CSL Limited 2010-11
USA Cox Comms 2010-11
South Africa Vodacom 2011
Canada Shaw Communications 2011
Colombia UME EPM 2011
Denmark 3 Denmark 2011
Denmark TDC 2011
Denmark TeleNor 2011
Denmark Telia Danmark 2011
Germany O2 (Telefonica) 2011
India Qualcomm India LTE Venture 2011
Ireland Hutchison 3 2011
Japan Softbank Mobile 2011
Jordan Zain 2011
Portugal TMN 2011
Portugal Vodafone Portugal 2011
Russia Rostelecom 2011
South Korea LG Telecom 2011
South Korea KT 2011
South Korea SK Telecom 2011
Switzerland Orange 2011
Switzerland Swisscom 2011
USA AT&T Mobility 2011
USA Aircell 2011
USA BayRICS 2011
Austria T-Mobile 2011-12
Austria Hutchison 3 2011-12
Austria Orange 2011-12
France Orange 2012
Japan KDDI 2012
Taiwan Chunghwa Telecom 2012
Malaysia DiGi 2013
Australia Optus tbc tbc
Australia VHA tbc tbc
Bahrain Zain tbc tbc
Brazil Vivo tbc tbc
Canada Sasktel tbc tbc
Chile Movistar tbc tbc
China China Telecom tbc tbc
Estonia EMT tbc tbc
Estonia Tele2 tbc tbc
Finland DNA tbc tbc
Estonia Elisa tbc tbc
Finland E-Plus tbc tbc
France SFR tbc tbc
Hong Kong SmarTone-Voda tbc tbc
Hong Kong Hutchison 3 tbc tbc
Hong Kong China Mobile tbc tbc
Hungary Telenor Magyarország tbc tbc
Italy Telecom Italia tbc tbc
Italy Wind tbc tbc
Jamaica Claro tbc tbc
Jersey Clear Mobitel tbc tbc
Kazakhstan Kcell tbc tbc
Kuwait Zain tbc tbc
Latvia Bite tbc tbc
Latvia Tele2 tbc tbc
Latvia LMT tbc tbc
Libya Al Madar tbc tbc
Malaysia Asiaspace tbc tbc
Netherlands KPN tbc tbc
Netherlands Vodafone tbc tbc
Netherlands T-Mobile tbc tbc
Netherlands Ziggo 4 tbc tbc
Netherlands Tele2 tbc tbc
New Zealand Telecom NZ tbc tbc
New Zealand Vodafone NZ tbc tbc
Norway TeleNor tbc tbc
Philippines Piltel tbc tbc
Russia Svyazinvest tbc tbc
Saudi Arabia Zain tbc tbc
Saudi Arabia STC tbc tbc
Saudi Arabia Etisalat (Mobily) tbc tbc
Singapore M1 tbc tbc
Singapore SingTel tbc tbc
Singapore StarHub tbc tbc
South Africa Cell C tbc tbc
UK Vodafone tbc tbc
USA Cellcom tbc tbc
USA Cellular South tbc tbc
USA Lightsquared tbc tbc
USA T-Mobile USA tbc tbc
USA Commnet Wireless tbc tbc
USA Leap Wireless tbc tbc
USA Texas Energy Network tbc tbc
USA Public Service Wireless tbc tbc

In another word, the LTE is here to stay and when it is launched by your operator then it is going to expand rapidly. Of course as always the decision towards the new technology is based on the business analysis for each operator, based on facts and other commercial, social, technology, market pre-conditions. But what is for sure is that the technology is here to stay and the LTE-A (advanced) is currently handled by standardization body 3GPP. And yes, there is collaboration between 3GPP, 3GPP2 and the IEEE and a roadmap for the CDMA technology to evolve towards LTE.

Country Operator
Argentina Telefonica
Argentina Personal
Belgium Mobistar
Belgium Telenet
Brazil Telefonica
Czech Republic O2 (Telefonica)
France Bouygues Telecom
Egypt Vodafone
Greece Cosmote
Hungary Magyar Telekom (T-Mobile)
Indonesia Telkomsel
Indonesia XL Axiata
Indonesia Indosat
Latvia Bite
Latvia Triatel
Lithuania Bite
Lithuania Omnitel
Kazakhstan Vimpelcom
Kenya Safaricom
Malaysia Maxis
Malaysia Celcom
Mexico Telcel
Mexico Telefonica
Moldova Orange Moldova
Oman Omantel
Peru Telefonica
Philippines Globe Telecom
Philippines Smart
Puerto Rico Claro
Russia MTS
Russia Vimpelcom
Russia Tele2 Russia
Russia Megafon
Slovak Republic O2 (Telefonica)
South Africa MTN
Spain Telefonica
Turkey Turkcell
UK O2 (Telefonica)
UK Clear Mobitel
Ukraine MTS-Ukraine
USA Clearwire
Vietnam FPT Telecom
Vietnam VDC

Source GSM-A , October 26, 2010


2 thoughts on “LTE, here to stay?

  1. In Australia the National Broadband Network is widely expexpected to use LTE for the wireless component of their network.
    The deployment of commercial networks will have to wait for the analogue TV spectrum to be available in 2013..

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