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World LTE markets – 5G initiatives & MBB spectrum – Dataset & Report: Markets at June 2018 & Forecasts to 2022 - Markets – Players – Technologies – Spectrum

January 2019 | | ID: WD5C4D7A340EN
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The bundle World LTE markets – 5G initiatives & MBB spectrum includes two deliverables dealing with LTE, 5G and spectrum issues:

A database (updated half-yearly): quantitative & qualitative data for 46 countries, 6 zones & world consolidated – 76 LTE operator sheets are also available. It gathers information about spectrum issues, technologies, revenue & subscriber data & forecasts up to 2022. It presents the current status of the main mobile broadband frequency bands and results of auction processes including allocation modes, prices paid by each licensee, quantity of spectrum acquired by player, technology, price paid per MHz per PoP for 10 years and detailed information on the regulatory status.

A report (updated half-yearly) providing you with the state-of-the-art regarding LTE: overview of dynamics in LTE markets up to 2022 by geographical area and by technology. It also provides analyses of the worldwide LTE market status, LTE pricing, new services, and technological issues, recent pieces of news on spectrum allocations, spectrum prices comparison, roaming, chipsets and devices.

With regards to spectrum, latest developments in the field are highlighted. Information include the main evolutions of the regulatory framework, spectrum sharing issues and new radio technologies, 5G developments, mobile spectrum in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia Pacific, North and South America, and Africa Middle East, and spectrum valuation.


  • Technology: LTE FDD, TD-LTE, LTE-Advanced Pro, Mobile WiMAX, 5G
  • Deployment: description of coverage plans or obligations
  • Spectrum: Quantity, Frequency band, type (FDD, TDD)
  • Technical Data and main vendors: Core network providers (+IMS), Radio Access Network (RAN) providers, Maximum data rates (UL/DL), Average data rates (UL/DL), Devices
  • Background information: operators, LTE framework
  • Regulation: spectrum auctions, refarming
Type of data
  • Historical data 2011-2017
  • Forecasts 2018-2022
Geographic coverage

The global market for telecom services has been divided into 5 main zones: Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, Middle East & Africa

Western Europe
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • UK
  • Rest of WE
Central & Eastern Europe
  • Czech Republic
  • Hungary
  • Poland
  • Russia
  • Turkey
  • Rest of CEE
Asia Pacific
  • Australia
  • China
  • HongKong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • New Zealand
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam
  • Rest of APAC
North America
  • Canada
  • USA
Latin America
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Mexico
  • Rest of LATAM
Middle East & Africa
  • Bahrain
  • Morocco
  • Saudi Arabia
  • UAE
  • Rest of MEA

Key take-aways
1980-2020: 40 years of mobile generations


1.1. LTE is mature and mainstream, pushing 2G/3G shut down
1.2. 4G migration continues: players’ push to increase pop. coverage
1.3. Players’ push to increase LTE performances and define 5G
1.4. LTE technology increasingly widespreading, subscriber growth in its full swing in emerging countries
1.5. LTE upgrades allowed new services…
1.6. … evolving towards a shift in focus from data allowance to customised products incorporating QoS
1.7. 5G: transformation for all

2. 5G – EXPECTED IN 2020-2021, MAINSTREAM IN 2024

2.1. 5G expected in 2018-2019 in the USA and Asia, 2020 in Europe at the earliest with a few exceptions
2.2. 5G roadmap in Europe
2.3. More than 100 5G trials in « large » Europe so far
2.4. USA at the 5G forefront, the 5G race between the 2 leaders
2.5. 5G mainstream in 2024
2.6. 5G widespread technology enablers
2.7. Operators still cautious on 5G business model


3.1. Operation in multiple frequency bands is key in LTE
3.2. All frequency bands harnessed for LTE and potentially 5G, below 6 GHz
3.3. All frequency bands harnessed for 5G, above 6 GHz: focus on medium
3.4. Potential 5G bands worldwide in the 20-45 GHz range, waiting for WRC-19
3.5. The spectrum burden, another cloud in the 5G business model?
3.6. The 3.5 GHz spectrum auctions wave has begun – mmwaves in sight
3.7 Announced Auctions for 5G/NR



Key points
  From mobile voice to mobile everywhere
1. LTE global success
  LTE subscriptions distribution (Q4 2018 – Q4 2021)
  Breakdown of mobile customers by country and technology, end-2016
  China Mobile & China Telecom LTE capex and LTE coverage
  Outdoor LTE coverage
  Gigabit LTE players and Fastest peak DL speeds announced
  MNOs ranking by subscriber numbers, end 2018
  Subscriber numbers in leading countries
  5G usage scenarios
  Launch cycle for unlimited plans
  5G Performance Objectives
2. 5G
  5G timeline
  5G roadmap in Europe
  More than 100 5G trials in « large » Europe so far
  2.4. USA at the 5G forefront, the 5G race between the 2 leaders
  5G subscribers by region in 2025
  5G subscribers forecasts
  5G widespread technology enablers
  Three scenarions for 5G monetisation, MNO’s view
3. More spectrum for LTE upgrades and 5G
  IMT bands, below 6 GHz
  IMT bands, above 6 GHz
  Potential 5G bands worldwide in the 20-45 GHz range
  Price of premium licences/spectrum per MHz per pop., for 10 years
  Price of 700 MHz licences/spectrum per MHz per pop., for 10 years
  Price of 3.4-3.8 GHz spectrum per MHz per pop., for 10 years

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