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300th Mobile Network Launches LTE Services

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A total of 300 mobile networks are now live with LTE services in 107 countries, according to data released today by GSA.

Bulgaria, Taiwan and Vanuatu were the latest nations to experience commercial LTE mobile broadband service for the first time.

35 LTE networks have launched so far in 2014. The total number of commercial LTE networks is expected to exceed 350 before the end of this year.

The most widely used spectrum for LTE deployments continues to be 1800MHz which is used in 129 networks either as a single band system, or as part of a multi-band deployment, in 67 countries. The next most popular contiguous bands are 2.6 GHz used in 25.6% of networks in commercial service today, followed by 800MHz used in 14.3% of networks, and AWS used in 8.3% of networks.

36 LTE TDD networks are commercially launched in 24 countries, meaning that around 1 in every 8 commercially launched LTE networks incorporate the TDD mode (sometimes referred to as TD-LTE). 23 operators have launched LTE service using only the TDD mode, and 13 operators have deployed both TDD and FDD modes in their networks. 264 operators have commercially launched using the FDD mode only.

The vast majority of the LTE standard is identical for both FDD and TDD modes.

Alan Hadden, President of GSA, said: "LTE is the benchmark for mobile broadband globally. Investment in LTE-Advanced is a major trend in 2014."

There were 245.4 million LTE subscriptions by March 31, 2014 representing 135% annual growth. 40 million LTE subscriptions were added in Q1 2014 according to data from Informa Telecoms and Media.

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