Press Release

According to the latest Global Development of LTE Networks and Services Survey completed today by Hadden Telecoms Ltd, a total of 709 operators in 213 countries/territories have commercially launched 4G services delivered on LTE or LTE-Advanced networks. Operators are investing heavily in LTE and its evolution as the global de-facto platform for delivering mobile broadband services. A growing number are deploying and launching LTEAdvanced and LTE-Advanced Pro (4.5G) technologies in markets across the world.

Most LTE networks are deployed using spectrum in FDD configuration. However several operators are using the TDD spectrum arrangement and this number is growing with increasing adoption and capabilities of the carrier aggregation feature in LTE-Advanced systems.

Alan Hadden, Director, Hadden Telecoms Ltd., said: “We believe our latest survey is probably the industry’s most comprehensive and complete status report of current 4G network deployments, features and services launches. The continuing growth and investments underline the importance of LTE and its evolution alongside, and in support of, future 5G systems.”

Key data from this survey:
709 operators in 213 countries have commercially launched 4G services on LTE or LTE-Advanced systems. 56 operators have launched 4G/LTE services in the past 12 months, representing 8.6% growth

1800 MHz is easily the most widely used band for 4G/LTE deployments and is in commercial service today by 371 LTE operators, i.e. 52.3% of all LTE operators

147 operators in 77 countries are using TDD spectrum either exclusively or within a converged FDD-TDD network build strategy

273 operators, i.e. almost 40% have commercially launched LTE-Advanced or LTE-Advanced Pro/4.5G systems

175 LTE operators (1 in 4) have launched VoLTE voice calling. At least 17 operators have introduced EVS (Enhanced Voice Services) superwideband speech audio coding

91 LTE operators offer VoWiFi (voice calling using a WiFi network)

39 operators, broadcast and other organisations are engaged in LTE-Broadcast/eMBMS activities, and 4 have launched commercial services using the technology

The market for the Cellular Internet of Things (CIoT) segment is developing quickly in all regions thanks especially to strong industry traction for globally standardised LTE-based solutions, Cat-M1 and NB-IoT. Current market status:

* 68 operators have commercially launched NB-IoT networks
* 26 operators have launched Cat-M1
* 18 operators (included in the above) have deployed both technologies

Further information about the Global Development of LTE Networks and Services Survey (October 31, 2018) including the purchase price with a summary of the contents are available at

The Company assists clients to optimise their strategies to gain competitive advantages in evolving mobile services markets. We also monitor and research mobile network and technology deployments and trends, and publish status update reports on key topics to ensure industry has access to reliable trusted and current data.

Alan Hadden is lead consultant with a long experience in senior positions in manufacturing, regulatory, operator, trade association and consultative sectors of the telecommunications and mobile communications industry. He is a well regarded and widely referenced author of high quality trusted reports, information papers and presentations for the mobile industry in particular, and is a published author.