A GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association) report, Evolution to LTE, released 19 March 2013 has confirmed that Huawei is leading the industry for the number of deployed LTE 1800MHz networks, the company said.
According to the report, 69 of a total 156 commercial LTE networks deployed worldwide utilize 1800MHz spectrum. Huawei’s leading SingleRAN LTE solution has been deployed on 41 (59%) of these commercial LTE 1800MHz networks in 32 countries.
The same report from GSA released last year on 12 April 2012, detailed the number of deployed commercial LTE 1800MHz networks to be 16 worldwide, demonstrating a year-on-year increase of over 331%.
The most recent report states 1800MHz is the most important spectrum band for LTE enabling global LTE roaming. ‘1800MHz is the most widely used band for LTE deployments globally. LTE1800 serves millions of subscribers (Q4 2012 = 14.27 million) on over 44% of commercially launched LTE networks today.’
The report later adds: ‘1800MHz is the prime band for LTE deployments worldwide, and will greatly assist international roaming for mobile broadband. Many more operators will launch LTE using 1800MHz, which is widely available. Mobile licenses for 1800MHz have been awarded to 350+ operators in nearly 150 countries.’
Huawei’s leading SingleRAN solution has been successfully deployed worldwide and has proven its advantages as a platform for LTE deployments. To date Huawei said it has won more than 150 LTE commercial contracts and has helped operators launch 77 LTE commercial networks.