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LTE-5G Evolution October 2022

LTE-5G Evolution October 2022

Report summary

LTE is a global success with over 6.6 billion subscriptions, connecting nearly two-thirds of mobile users worldwide. 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 frequency-division duplex (FDD) and time-division duplex (TDD). LTE has evolved through various 3GPP technology releases, covering the introduction of LTE-Advanced and then LTE-Advanced Pro, which have significantly improved the capabilities of LTE networks. From 3GPP Release 15 onwards, the community has been defining 5G networks, starting with 5G non-standalone systems that integrate with existing LTE networks and moving onto 5G standalone systems with substantially different network configurations.

This 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 throughout the ecosystem.

Key facts

According to GSA’s NTS database, as of end of September 2022 there were:

  • 978 operators in 244 countries and territories that have stated plans to invest or are actively investing in LTE for public networks, including those evaluating, testing and trialling LTE and those paying for suitable spectrum licences. This excludes those using spectrum licences exclusively for 2G or 3G services
  • 815 operators running LTE networks providing mobile and/or fixed wireless access services in more than 210 countries and territories worldwide
  • 289 operators investing in VoLTE in 132 countries and territories, of which 262 have launched commercial VoLTE networks in 122 countries and territories
  • 336 launched LTE-Advanced networks in 146 countries and territories. Overall, 369 operators are investing in LTE-Advanced technology in 159 countries and territories
  • 13 launched networks that support user equipment at Cat-18 downlink speeds in limited geographic areas, five of these supporting Cat-19 in a limited area, and one of those supporting Cat-20 in selected locations
  • More than 300 operators deploying or operating TDD-based LTE or 5G networks, in sub-6 GHz spectrum
  • 505 operators in 155 countries and territories investing in 5G mobile or 5G fixed wireless access or home broadband networks
  • 228 operators in 92 countries and territories that have announced 3GPP-compatible 5G service launches, either mobile or fixed wireless access
  • 111 operators in 52 countries investing in 5G standalone for public networks in the form of trials, plans, paying for licences deploying, or operating networks

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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.

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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.

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LTE-5G Evolution October 2022

Report summary

LTE is a global success with over 6.6 billion subscriptions, connecting nearly two-thirds of mobile users worldwide. 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 frequency-division duplex (FDD) and time-division duplex (TDD). LTE has evolved through various 3GPP technology releases, covering the introduction of LTE-Advanced and then LTE-Advanced Pro, which have significantly improved the capabilities of LTE networks. From 3GPP Release 15 onwards, the community has been defining 5G networks, starting with 5G non-standalone systems that integrate with existing LTE networks and moving onto 5G standalone systems with substantially different network configurations.

This 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 throughout the ecosystem.

Key facts

According to GSA’s NTS database, as of end of September 2022 there were:

  • 978 operators in 244 countries and territories that have stated plans to invest or are actively investing in LTE for public networks, including those evaluating, testing and trialling LTE and those paying for suitable spectrum licences. This excludes those using spectrum licences exclusively for 2G or 3G services
  • 815 operators running LTE networks providing mobile and/or fixed wireless access services in more than 210 countries and territories worldwide
  • 289 operators investing in VoLTE in 132 countries and territories, of which 262 have launched commercial VoLTE networks in 122 countries and territories
  • 336 launched LTE-Advanced networks in 146 countries and territories. Overall, 369 operators are investing in LTE-Advanced technology in 159 countries and territories
  • 13 launched networks that support user equipment at Cat-18 downlink speeds in limited geographic areas, five of these supporting Cat-19 in a limited area, and one of those supporting Cat-20 in selected locations
  • More than 300 operators deploying or operating TDD-based LTE or 5G networks, in sub-6 GHz spectrum
  • 505 operators in 155 countries and territories investing in 5G mobile or 5G fixed wireless access or home broadband networks
  • 228 operators in 92 countries and territories that have announced 3GPP-compatible 5G service launches, either mobile or fixed wireless access
  • 111 operators in 52 countries investing in 5G standalone for public networks in the form of trials, plans, paying for licences deploying, or operating networks

LTE-5G Evolution October 2022

 

LinkedIn

Twitter

YouTube

Weibo

WeChat: GSA Express

LTE-5G Evolution October 2022

© 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.

LTE-5G Evolution October 2022
Date: 31st Oct 2022
Type: GSA Report
Technology: 5G
Originator: GSA

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