LTE Ecosystem – Status Update June 2019
There are 752 operators with commercially launched mobile or broadband fixed wireless access networks (GSA: NTS Database June 2019). There were 4.4 billion LTE subscriptions globally by the end of Q1 2019 (Ovum WCIS provided to GSA in June 2019). LTE accounts for just over 50% of mobile subscriptions globally.
There are 14,520 LTE user devices including frequency and operator variants from 710 suppliers verified in GSA’s GAMBoD database – a 25% increase since June 2018. The number of devices has continued to grow rapidly – at an average growth rate of 2,975 devices per year for the past three years.
The phone form factor has the largest ecosystem with 9,230 phones announced, including operator and frequency variants, giving a 63.6% share of all LTE devices. The LTE router, LTE-connected tablet PC and LTE module segments (2,570; 1,016 and 959 devices respectively) are also large. USB modems are the next largest group at 307 devices identified. Other categories being tracked include asset trackers (98), notebooks (94), cameras (49), smart watches (48), femtocells (41), fixed wireless terminals/phones (25), as well as car hotspots, drones, indoor and outdoor CPE, kiosk terminals, PC cards, POS machines, projectors, smart home devices, vehicle accessories, vehicle on-board units and voice translators.
The LTE Ecosystem report is compiled from the GAMBoD devices database which is now updated on a monthly basis. GAMBoD enables searches of GSA’s devices databases by supplier, form factor, features, peak downlink and uplink speeds, and operating frequency. Results are presented as lists, spreadsheets or charts. Charts may be used in documents or presentations, referencing GSA as the source. Visit https://gsacom.com/gambod