GSA: Number of LTE user devices increases 100% in a year to 1,889

Some 941 new LTE user devices were launched in the past year, representing virtually 100 per cent annual growth, according to latest figures from the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA). The number of manufacturers increased by 68 per cent in the same period. As things stand, 168 manufacturers have now announced the availability of 1,889 LTE-enabled user devices, including operator and frequency variants. Smartphones underlined their status as the largest device category, with 835 LTE-enabled smartphones accounting for over 44 per cent of all LTE device types. Around 175 LTE-enabled tablets are available, representing 9.2 per cent of all LTE devices, with 43 more products now on the market compared to in March 2014. Meanwhile 1800 MHz (3GPP band 3) continues to be the most-used band for LTE network deployments globally: 43 per cent of LTE operators use 1800 MHz in their networks, either as a single band, or as part of a multi-band deployment. Article