LTE-Advanced networks have been actively deployed around the world, according to a new study from ABI Research.
At the end of 2014, LTE-Advanced covered its first 100 million people worldwide, just 4 years since the network’s inception. ABI Research predicts that the coverage will reach 1 billion in 4 more years.
At the end of 2014, there were 49 commercially available LTE-Advanced networks around the world. Western European operators lead the commercialization with 20 operators, followed by 13 in Asia-Pacific. However, North America still commands the largest population coverage at 7.8%.
All four major operators of the United States have either commercially deployed (AT&T and Sprint) or have been actively deploying (Verizon and T-Mobile) their LTE-Advanced networks.
In 2015, a number of major auctions are expected to take place in several major markets such as India, France and USA . “As heavy subscribers’ data traffic growth has exploded, ABI Research anticipates fierce competition for more spectrum, as well as an active migration to VoLTE and higher data modulation schemes such as LTE and LTE-Advanced, which has higher spectral efficiency, ” adds Jake Saunders, VP of ABI Research Asia-Pacific, DailyComm reports.