Recently IDATE, the research and analysis of telecommunications, Internet, and media companies, provides its latest analyses and forecasts for the world LTE market, and insight into the 700 MHz issue at the LTE World Summit in Amsterdam.
There will be nearly one billion subscribers of the LTE network worldwide by 2017. About 915 million mobile subscribers should use 4G/LTE by the end of 2016, according to the latest figures from IDATE. The study, from IDATE, looked at the main trends shaping the world’s mobile markets: networks, devices and services.
The Asia-Pacific region will have the largest number of connected to 4G, with approximately 41.6% of the total number of subscribers on Earth. Then come North America (21.6%), Western Europe (15.8%), Africa and the Middle East (7.5%) and the Eastern Europe East (4.9%).
LTE subscribers worldwide (in thousands): Ranking by country at 2016Source: IDATE, LTE Watch Service, March 2013
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Switzerland’s largest mobile operator Swisscom has recently partnered with Ericsson to provide 4G/LTE (long term evolution) roaming services to countries in Asia and America. Ericsson will be using its new product ‘Diameter Signaling Controller’ (DSC) to enable Swisscom to be the first European operator to initiate LTE roaming services on a global basis. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Huawei, a global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today launched its innovative eLTE solution at the Africa Transport and Infrastructure Show, Sandton Convention Centre in Gauteng, South Africa. Huawei’s eLTE, which features ubiquitous mobile network access and broadband data transmission capabilities, helps improve overall productivity and enhances efficiency for enterprise customers across multiple key industries, including transport, oil and gas fields, mining, energy, large enterprises, power and electricity.
T-Mobile US is planning to add LTE-Advanced features to its new 4G network before the end of 2013. “We’ll begin rolling out LTE-Advanced features later this year,” Dave Mayo, senior vice president of technology, strategy, finance and development at T-Mobile, said at Light Reading’s Backhaul Strategies for Mobile Operators event in New York City on Tuesday.
Sierra Wireless announced on Tuesday that the AirPrime MC7355 embedded module is now Sprint-certified – the first 4G LTE embedded wireless module to be certified on the Sprint network. Demonstrating technical leadership in the LTE space, the MC7355 joins a wide range of Sierra Wireless modules available for Sprint, rounding out a portfolio that includes the AirPrime SL909x (Multimode 3G/EV-DO) and the SL501x (EV-DO), with the SL301x (CDMA 1x) currently being verified for approval.