LTE in Asia-Pacific: The Current Situation

Date: December 23, 2010
Pages: 22
US$ 1,495.00
Publisher: Ovum
Report type: Strategic Report
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LTE in Asia-Pacific: The Current Situation
The 2.5GHz band has emerged as the preferred standard for LTE first-movers in Asia-Pacific. However, there are plenty of exceptions to this rule. Japan has reassigned spectrum in the 1.5GHz band for LTE, South Korea has auctioned spectrum in the 800MHz and 900MHz bands, and China Mobile has launched an ambitious plan to deploy TD-LTE. Digital dividend spectrum, which is desired by a number of operators, will only become available in most countries in the medium term.

Executive summary
In a nutshell
Ovum view
Key messages
Rollout plans
LTE at 2.5GHz at first, but TD-LTE and LTE at 700MHz are coming
Australia – dual auction under consideration
Australian auction delays are possible
China – the pursuit of TD-LTE
China Mobile prepares for TD-LTE field trials
Hong Kong – operators opt for LTE at 2.5GHz
India – 700MHz and TD-LTE up for grabs
Japan – presents a unique case for 1.5GHz
Malaysia – recently announced eight 2.5GHz licensees
New Zealand – the first to move
Singapore – 2.5GHz FDD could become available sooner than planned
South Korea – 800MHz or 900MHz for LTE
Taiwan – 700MHz and TD-LTE on the cards
Further reading


Table 1: Upcoming 2.5GHz spectrum awards (FDD) in Asia-Pacific
Table 2: Upcoming digital dividend spectrum allocations in Asia-Pacific
Table 3: Results of the 2.5GHz auction in Hong Kong
Table 4: Selected spectrum allocations
Table 5: Indian BWA winners and deployment strategies
Table 6: Japanese license allocations 1.5GHz/1.7GHz bands
Table 7: New Zealand 2.3GHz and 2.6GHz auctions
Table 8: Results of Taiwan’s 2.5GHz auction


Figure 1: Use of the 2.6GHz band in Taiwan
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