LTE & 5G Market Statistics – April 2020

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LTE & 5G Market Statistics: Global Snapshot: April 2020

73 operators in 41 countries have launched one or more 3GPP-compliant 5G services (including 66 mobile and 35 FWA services) up from 63 operators in 35 countries as reported in March 2020.

As of mid-April 2020 GSA’s NTS database showed:

There are 780 operators with commercially launched LTE networks (offering broadband fixed wireless access and or mobile services).

2351 operators hold licences to use spectrum for TD-LTE services, 1631 of which are known to be actively using the spectrum (either deploying networks or have launched services).

325 operators have deployed/launched LTE-Advanced or LTE-Advanced Pro technologies in their commercial networks. 2011 operators are investing in one or more LTE-Advanced Pro technologies.

380 operators are investing in 5G networks in the form of tests, trials, pilots, planned and actual deployments.

88 operators have announced that they have deployed 3GPP-compliant 5G technology in their networks.

With multiple announcements of 5G launches in recent weeks, GSA now counts 73 operators in 41 countries that have launched one or more 3GPP-compliant commercial 5G services (some with smart phones; some with 5G routers; some offering services widely; some with limited geographic, device or and customer availability).

Including 66 5G mobile services (including 6 limited availability launches) and 35 5G FWA or home broadband services (7 limited availability).

Network Features

The NTS database tracks various LTE network technologies:

4×4 MIMO – 1451 operators identified as investing, of which 871 have deployed/launched the technology within their commercial networks.

8T8R MIMO and Massive MIMO – 781 operators identified as investing in these technologies; at least 32 deployed/launched.

256 QAM in the DL – 1201 operators identified as investing, of which 731 have deployed/launched the technology within their commercial networks.

And numerous key LTE service features:

361 operators investing in LAA (9 with deployed/launched networks); 12 operators investing in LTE-U (3 with deployed/launched networks); 3 operators investing in LWA (one launch so far). 17 public network operators (all in the US) are investing in CBRS.

2701 operators investing in VoLTE, with 209 launched networks.

1571 operators investing in NB-IoT with 1061 deployed/launched networks.

681 operators investing in LTE-M with 45 deployed/launched networks.

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