GSA: Number of LTE networks to hit 234 by year-end

At least 145 operators have launched commercial LTE services in 66 countries as of January 2013, according to a latest update on the LTE market from the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA), with 97 of those networks commercially launched during 2012. LTE-enabled mobile broadband services are available in 37 more countries than a year ago. Further, according to the GSA, some 104 new operators committed over the past year to invest in LTE network deployments, raising the total number of committed operators to 330 in 104 countries. The GSA forecasts that a cumulative total of 234 LTE networks will be commercially launched in 83 countries by the end of 2013. Release