Report: Commercial LTE now offered by 49 operators

At least 49 operators have now launched commercial LTE services, more than double the number reported six months ago,according to the latest update from the GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association). The GSA also said that 266 commercial LTE networks are in progress of being deployed or being planned in 76 countries (including the 49 networks already in operation), which is a 36 per cent increase from six months ago. Also, 59 operators are conducting LTE technology trials, tests or studies. Commenting on the progress, GSA President Alan Hadden said in a statement: "Operators around the world in both mature and emerging economies strengthened their commitments and investments in LTE technology in 2011. The number of commercial networks more than doubled as operators obtained new spectrum, and many were also able to re-farm existing spectrum (particularly in the 1800 MHz band) for LTE deployments." Release