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Gigabit-LTE June 2022 Summary Report

Gigabit-LTE June 2022 Summary

Summary:

Although the eyes of the press have been firmly fixed on 5G developments, operators have been continuing to invest in their LTE networks. They have been deploying technologies designed to improve the capabilities of their LTE networks and, in particular, to improve peak downlink throughput speeds. Operators have been focusing mainly on three technologies from the LTE-Advanced toolkit: carrier aggregation, 4×4 MIMO and 256 QAM modulation in the downlink. If used together and with sufficient aggregated bandwidth, these can deliver maximum peak downlink speeds approaching, and even exceeding, 1 Gbps. Such networks are often described as gigabit LTE networks, mirroring a term also used in the fixed-line broadband industry.

Drawing on information collected by GSA about operator deployments of LTE-Advanced features for its comprehensive database on operator networks, technologies and spectrum, this report identifies operators investing at a technology level in gigabit LTE — defined as carrier aggregation plus 4×4 MIMO (or above) plus 256 QAM in the downlink. Note that “4×4 MIMO or above” includes 4×4 MIMO and all higher-order MIMO technologies such as 8T8R MIMO and massive-MIMO.

  • 336 operators have deployed or launched LTE-Advanced networks in 146 countries and territories
  • 334 operators in 143 countries and territories are investing in at least one of the three key gigabit LTE component technologies
  • 115 operators in 67 countries and territories are identified as investing in all three key gigabit LTE component technologies
    • Of those, 74 operators in 42 countries and territories have deployed all three technologies
  • 48 operators (representing 13.7% of all the deployed or launched LTE-Advanced networks) can support user equipment Cat-16 peak theoretical download speeds (at least 750 Mbps) or above
    • 36 of those have announced gigabit (or very near at 998 Mbps) peak theoretical throughput, or better, in the downlink in their deployed or commercial networks
    • Among those, seven can deliver peak maximum throughput of between 1.050 Gbps and 1.2 Gbps (Cat-18). Five have announced parts of their network can deliver a maximum rate in their commercial LTE networks of between 1.2 Gbps and 1.6 Gbps (Cat-19) and one has announced maximum peak downlink speeds in its LTE network over just over 1.7 Gbps (Cat-20)
  • 669 commercially available devices can support LTE speeds at Cat-16 or better

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Data is updated monthly and quarterly and can be referenced by users who register for free on the GSA website and download multiple reports, charts and videos of webinars. GSA welcomes any contributions on industry data from mobile operators, vendors and suppliers what want to ensure accurate industry data is shared globally.

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Gigabit-LTE June 2022 Summary

Gigabit-LTE June 2022 Summary

Summary:

Although the eyes of the press have been firmly fixed on 5G developments, operators have been continuing to invest in their LTE networks. They have been deploying technologies designed to improve the capabilities of their LTE networks and, in particular, to improve peak downlink throughput speeds. Operators have been focusing mainly on three technologies from the LTE-Advanced toolkit: carrier aggregation, 4×4 MIMO and 256 QAM modulation in the downlink. If used together and with sufficient aggregated bandwidth, these can deliver maximum peak downlink speeds approaching, and even exceeding, 1 Gbps. Such networks are often described as gigabit LTE networks, mirroring a term also used in the fixed-line broadband industry.

Drawing on information collected by GSA about operator deployments of LTE-Advanced features for its comprehensive database on operator networks, technologies and spectrum, this report identifies operators investing at a technology level in gigabit LTE — defined as carrier aggregation plus 4×4 MIMO (or above) plus 256 QAM in the downlink. Note that “4×4 MIMO or above” includes 4×4 MIMO and all higher-order MIMO technologies such as 8T8R MIMO and massive-MIMO.

  • 336 operators have deployed or launched LTE-Advanced networks in 146 countries and territories
  • 334 operators in 143 countries and territories are investing in at least one of the three key gigabit LTE component technologies
  • 115 operators in 67 countries and territories are identified as investing in all three key gigabit LTE component technologies
    • Of those, 74 operators in 42 countries and territories have deployed all three technologies
  • 48 operators (representing 13.7% of all the deployed or launched LTE-Advanced networks) can support user equipment Cat-16 peak theoretical download speeds (at least 750 Mbps) or above
    • 36 of those have announced gigabit (or very near at 998 Mbps) peak theoretical throughput, or better, in the downlink in their deployed or commercial networks
    • Among those, seven can deliver peak maximum throughput of between 1.050 Gbps and 1.2 Gbps (Cat-18). Five have announced parts of their network can deliver a maximum rate in their commercial LTE networks of between 1.2 Gbps and 1.6 Gbps (Cat-19) and one has announced maximum peak downlink speeds in its LTE network over just over 1.7 Gbps (Cat-20)
  • 669 commercially available devices can support LTE speeds at Cat-16 or better

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YouTube

Weibo

WeChat: GSA Express

 

Gigabit-LTE June 2022 Summary

© GSA 2022

https://gsacom.com

 

GSA Research

Mobile industry research is the backbone of GSA activity and covers topics from devices, chipsets and technology, to networks, features and spectrum.

The GSA research team is constantly following market dynamics and activity to ensure the latest data is available to GSA users via the GSA website.

Data is updated monthly and quarterly and can be referenced by users who register for free on the GSA website and download multiple reports, charts and videos of webinars. GSA welcomes any contributions on industry data from mobile operators, vendors and suppliers what want to ensure accurate industry data is shared globally.

GSA GAMBoD Database

GSA reports are based on extensive data contained in the GSA GAMBoD databases, which is a resource available to GSA members and associates. Companies and policy makers can subscribe, as a GSA associate, to gain access to GSA databases and member reports for additional insights into the source data behind reports, which can be used for their own research purposes.

Discounted annual subscription are available to regulators, government agencies and licensed mobile operators.

Please email info@gsacom.com for more information.

Gigabit-LTE June 2022 Summary

Gigabit-LTE June 2022 Summary Report
Date: 28th Jun 2022
Type: GSA Report
Technology: LTE, LTE-Advanced, LTE-Advanced Pro
Originator: GSA

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