Gartner has positioned Ericsson as an LTE industry leader within the "Leaders" quadrant of its Gartner 2014 Magic Quadrant for LTE Infrastructure report for the fifth year in a row.
Gartner evaluates end-to-end vendors of LTE equipment (including radio, evolved packet core and IMS for voice over LTE) based on their ability to execute and completeness of vision in the LTE market.
Thomas Norén, VP and head of product area radio, Ericsson, said: "Ericsson LTE is differentiated by its performance, enabled through innovative products such as Ericsson AIR and Radio Dot System, as well as industry-leading solutions including LTE-A carrier aggregation, LTE broadcast and our industry-leading VoLTE solution.
“Ericsson's end-to-end LTE offering, large footprint and worldwide service capabilities have enabled us to serve 50% of all LTE smartphone traffic worldwide."
Ericsson has signed more than 190 commercial contracts for LTE and evolved packet core (EPC) in more than 70 countries on six continents, of which more than 140 networks have already gone live commercially. Ericsson said it has supported all the world's first commercial VoLTE launches and is the IMS market leader with more than 115 IMS contracts worldwide for both fixed- and mobile accesses.
Ericsson also noted that it is present today in all high traffic LTE markets including US, Japan, South Korea, Australia and Canada, and has been selected by the top 10 LTE operators as ranked by LTE subscription worldwide. Today, 50% of the world's LTE smartphone traffic is served by Ericsson networks, which is more than double the traffic of our closest competitor.
Ericsson is the prime driver of open standards and has had the most significant impact on the LTE specifications released to date. Ericsson expects to hold 25% of all essential patents for LTE, both for TDD and FDD mode, making it the largest patent holder in the industry.
The company is also the industry leader in managed services, providing managed services for networks that serve more than one billion subscribers globally. Ericsson was also recently recognized by the European Patent Office as a leader in 4G LTE innovation.