GSA: LTE Advanced takes hold

Dozens of new LTE terminals are being launched every week with a growing share incorporating LTE Advanced technology, according to a latest update from the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA). While the number of Category 4 (up to 150 Mbps on the downlink) devices rose 63 per cent in the past four months, the range of Category 6 (151 Mbps-300 Mbps on the downlink and 50 Mbps on the uplink) devices quadrupled in the same period. Some 1,132 devices support Category 4, including 108 terminals that also support Category 6. Overall, a total of 1,364 new LTE user device product launches since July 2014 have pushed the current total of LTE user devices up to 3,253. The smartphone remains the largest LTE device category, accounting for 54.8 per cent of all LTE device types. Release