The first nine months of 2017 saw the continued introduction of LTE to new markets and regions around the world.
• Although already widely deployed, LTE is still being introduced.
• By the end of September 2017 there were 644 public LTE networks in service in 200 countries worldwide, including networks providing mobile services, and networks using LTE for fixed wireless access (FWA) services in constrained geographic areas.
• By the end of 2017 GSA forecasts 680-700 LTE networks will be commercial.
• In total, 814 operators worldwide have either announced trials of, or made commitments to deploy, or have deployed LTE; with 20 involved in pre-commitment trials.