Some 39 operators, equating to around 1 in 8 LTE operators, have commercially launched LTE TDD (TD-LTE) systems in 26 countries, according to latest figures from the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA).
A Dish Network executive said the company will begin a trial of fixed wireless broadband service with Sprint within a month. Dish launched a similar pilot with Sprint wholesale partner nTelos Wireless in Virginia during June and expanded the service availability in July.
Sprint has stressed time and again that it is not rushing to launch voice over LTE (VoLTE), but that does not mean the operator is snubbing the technology. Far from it, in fact, given that a "high-level" Sprint executive has shared details regarding the "programming phase" the operator is reportedly in as it prepares to launch a VoLTE network designed for interoperability with domestic and international carriers.
Huawei reported that its first half-revenue jumped 19 percent thanks to growth in its LTE network infrastructure and smartphone businesses outside China.
Active LTE connections are expected to cross the 1 billion mark in 2017 and reach 1.8 billion by 2019.
Recent reports from Dell'Oro Group and Juniper Research highlight the rampant rollouts of LTE networks worldwide and ongoing uptakes of LTE service by end users. Further, both firms are bullish regarding the growing importance of the TDD variant of LTE, particularly in emerging markets.
China Mobile is reportedly planning to stop expanding its Wi-Fi network after deploying 4.3 million hotspots at a cost of around $2.75 billion because the operator is finding that the network is uneconomic.
Dish Network and Sprint wholesale partner nTelos Wireless are close to launching a trial network for fixed wireless TD-LTE service. The companies hope to add commercial users to the network in July, later than they initially expected when the plans for the trials were first unveiled last fall.
Sprint will need to roll out an additional 30,000-40,000 transmission sites if the carrier wants its 2.5 GHz TD-LTE network to reach coverage parity with its 1.9 GHz networks, according to the head of American Tower.
China's three largest mobile operators are thinking about creating a joint venture to deploy base station network infrastructure, though no deal has been reached. China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom will continue to talk about the JV, according to separate filings the companies made to the Hong Kong stock exchange.