By the end of 2013, LTE connections will be close to 80 million. This figure will account for connections on both FD-LTE, including that paired with WCDMA/HSPA and CDMA 1x/EV-DO, and TD-LTE technologies globally. “We are expecting to see more LTE networks lighting up in the next year or two, but operators are now taking a quieter approach when it comes to deployment,” comments Fei Feng Seet, research analyst, wireless.
This is evident in the case of Saudi Arabia, where all three of the nation’s operators, Mobily (Etihad Etisalat), Saudi Telecom Company (STC), and Zain Saudi Arabia announced their LTE network launches within a matter of days of one another.. All three fought hard to gain recognition and have first mover advantage in the Middle East.. The interesting part is that all three are rolling-out TD-LTE networks using 2.5 GHz licensed spectrum meant for WiMAX and plan to extend their coverage nationwide. While the Saudi operators have conducted FD-LTE trials for over a year with various vendors, the reason behind the TD-LTE network choice is primarily due to unavailable paired spectrum. They are waiting on the regulator to release new spectrum, since preferred frequency is currently used for military purposes.
“The issue of insufficient spectrum echoes across various markets and is especially evident in developing regions as regulators are a bit slow in reacting to market needs,” notes Philip Solis, research director, mobile networks. Many operators are looking into the option of spectrum re-farming. While the preferred spectrums are usually 2.6 GHz or 700 MHz, players such as Poland’s Aero2 and Singapore’s MobileOne have successfully deployed FD-LTE on 1.8 GHz, which was slated for 3G usage. Aero2 has deployed TD-LTE on 2.5 GHz band.
Reacting to operator demand, both TD-LTE and FD-LTE devices are expected to flood the market in the next few years driving subscriber connectivity.
ABI Research’s “4G Subscriber, Device, and Networks Market Data” contains regional and selected country-level segmentation for the 4G market, including forecasts for mobile WiMAX and LTE subscribers, devices, base stations, and population coverage.
It is part of the firm’s 4G Research Service.
ABI Research provides in-depth analysis and quantitative forecasting of trends in global connectivity and other emerging technologies. From offices in North America, Europe and Asia, ABI Research’s worldwide team of experts advises thousands of decision makers through 40+ research and advisory services. Est. 1990. For more information visit www.abiresearch.com, or call +1.516.624.2500.
About ABI Research
ABI Research is a global technology intelligence firm delivering actionable research and strategic guidance to technology leaders, innovators, and decision makers around the world. Our research focuses on the transformative technologies that are dramatically reshaping industries, economies, and workforces today.
ABI Research提供开创性的研究和战略指导，帮助客户了解日新月异的技术。 自1990年以来，我们已与全球数百个领先的技术品牌，尖端公司，具有远见的政府机构以及创新的贸易团体建立了合作关系。 我们帮助客户创造真实的业务成果。
For more information about ABI Research’s services, contact us at +1.516.624.2500 in the Americas, +44.203.326.0140 in Europe, +65.6592.0290 in Asia-Pacific or visit www.abiresearch.com.
Asia: +65 6950.5670