4G Americas update: 23 TD-LTE and 264 FD-LTE networks achieved in 5 years

Telecom industry association 4G Americas today said at present, there are 23 TD-LTE and 264 FD-LTE networks, with an additional 23 networks with both TD-LTE and FD-LTE.

LTE is now commercial on 300 networks in 107 countries, adding 109 new commercial networks year-over-year since June 2013.

There will be 350 commercial LTE networks by the end of 2014.

LTE-Advanced commercial networks will grow from 9 networks in 7 countries to 40 networks by year-end 2014.

LTE markets in June 2014

“In five years, since the first launch of LTE by TeliaSonera in 2009, there are 500 commitments to LTE deployments by mobile operators to date.

LTE connections are forecast to surpass 2.3 billion by 2020, said Informa Telecoms & Media.

4G Americas said though Europe has increased to the top with the most LTE commercial networks deployed, North America remains in the leadership position of LTE subscriptions worldwide with 45 percent of the world’s 278 million LTE connections at the end of May 2014.