Status of the LTE Ecosystem.
The number of LTE devices has grown 26% year-on-year.
15,378 LTE user devices have been identified in the market from 725 manufacturers.
There are 758 operators with commercially launched mobile or broadband fixed wireless access networks (GSA: NTS Database August 2019). There were 4.7 billion LTE subscriptions globally by the end of Q2 2019 (Ovum WCIS provided to GSA in September 2019). LTE accounts for just over 53% of mobile subscriptions globally.
There are 15,378 LTE user devices including frequency and operator variants from 725 suppliers verified in GSA’s GAMBoD database – a 26% increase since September 2018. The number of devices has continued to grow rapidly – at an average growth rate of 3,157 devices per year for the past three years.
The phone form factor has the largest ecosystem with 9,603 phones announced, including operator and frequency variants, giving a 62.4% share of all LTE devices. The LTE router, LTE module and LTE-connected tablet PC segments (2,737, 1,100 and 1,063 devices respectively) are also large. USB modems are the next largest group at 310 devices identified. Other categories being tracked include asset trackers (147), notebooks (96), cameras (55), smart watches (49), femtocells (45), vehicle on-board units (OBUs) (39), car hotspots (33), fixed wireless terminals/phones (26), as well as drones, kiosk terminals, PC cards, POS machines, projectors, smart home devices, vehicle accessories, and voice translators.