LTE devices growing rapidly in number

Close to 100 modems, routers, notebooks and modules have so far been launched

The number of devices and modules that come equipped with LTE has grown to 98, according to a report from industry organization GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association).

That compares to 63 LTE (Long-Term Evolution) devices in the beginning of February. The increase confirms that an ecosystem for LTE is rapidly being established, the GSA said in a statement on Wednesday.

However, the number of LTE products still pales in comparison to other more established technologies. For example, as of the beginning of February, 2,922 HSPA-equipped products had been launched, according to the GSA.

Most LTE devices are routers and USB modems, with about 30 product models in each of those two categories, according to GSA's data. There are fewer phones, tablets and notebooks. There are six phones on GSA's list, including four that have been introduced for Verizon Wireless' LTE network and two for MetroPCS' network.

The use of a wide variety of spectrum bands to roll out LTE means not all products can be used on all networks. The 700MHz band is the most popular frequency among device and module manufacturers, again reflecting the head start the U.S. has over the rest of the world. Verizon Wireless' LTE push is proving attractive to device manufacturers, according to GSA president Alan Hadden.

Still, there is also a growing number of products that allow users to access LTE on multiple spectrum bands. That could open the door for data using LTE abroad, but only if operators first sign roaming agreements.

Send news tips and comments to mikael_ricknas@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags UltramobileNetworkinghardware systemsPhonesTeliaSoneranetbooksVerizon Wirelessnetworking hardwareultraportableconsumer electronicssmartphonesComponentstablet PCslaptops

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Mikael Ricknäs

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?