GSA: Over 50 LTE networks launched so far in 2014

Some 51 LTE networks have been launched globally so far in 2014, and the total number of commercial LTE networks is expected to be more than 350 by the end of this year. According to latest figures from the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA), 318 operators have now commercially launched LTE networks and service in 111 countries. Israel, Madagascar and the Northern Mariana Islands are amongst the latest nations to access commercial LTE mobile broadband service for the first time. The most widely used spectrum in LTE networks is 1800 MHz: LTE1800 has been commercially launched in 70 countries by 144 operators. The next most popular contiguous band for LTE deployments is 2.6 GHz. Meanwhile the 800 MHz gained share as the third most popular contiguous spectrum band and the most popular sub 1 GHz coverage choice for LTE, being deployed in 55 commercially launched networks across 33 countries. 800 MHz band 20 also has a mature devices ecosystem, represented by 467 products launched in the market. Release