This LTE to 5G August 2020: Global Market Status is updated from the May 2020 report and is freely available to download by registered website users.
LTE is a global success, with over 5.4 billion subscriptions and connecting nearly 60% of mobile users worldwide and it is the fastest developing mobile system technology ever. LTE is specified by 3GPP as a single global standard for paired and unpaired spectrum users. The vast majority of the standard is the same for FDD and TDD. LTE has evolved through various 3GPP technology releases covering the introduction of LTE-Advanced and then LTE-Advanced Pro that have significantly improved the capabilities of LTE networks. From 3GPP Release 15 onwards, the community has been defining 5G networks, starting with Non-Standalone 5G systems that integrate with existing LTE networks and then moving on to Standalone 5G systems with substantially different network configurations. GSA’s Evolution from LTE to 5G report provides an independent in-depth status view and analysis of the global 4G/LTE, LTE-Advanced and 5G markets, supported by facts, and confirms technology trends. Information is obtained, analysed and verified by GSA. The report is published quarterly and referenced by industry across the whole ecosystem.
Note that all references to countries/territories in this document can be read as also including territories, special administrative regions, disputed territories and dependencies.
*This number has been restated since previous reports as we have removed companies from our count that have historically announced investment plans, but where we can see no evidence of development, and where companies have closed, been acquired or have relinquished spectrum.
#This number has been restated since the last report reflecting the removal of companies from the database that have been acquired, have closed, have lost licences, or have relinquished spectrum.
!Numbers restated since last update to remove ‘limited availability and soft launches’. Count now only includes full commercial launches.
LTE to 5G August 2020
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