Telecom operators launched 500 commercially LTE networks in 77 months from first service launch, almost 5 years less than the time taken by 3G/WCDMA systems, and 6 months faster than HSPA systems.
There will be at least 550 commercially launched LTE networks by end 2016, GSA forecasts.
Around 25 percent of LTE operators have launched LTE-Advanced systems, said GSA. Investment in LTE-Advanced Pro systems can support peak downlink speeds up to 1 Gbps and beyond.
The number of LTE and LTE-Advanced subscriptions reached 1.068 billion by end 2015. LTE is responsible for 1 in 7 mobile subscriptions worldwide.
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