More than 1,000 device models from over 100 manufacturers have now been developed for use on 4G LTE networks, according to the latest research from the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA).
In its latest industry status report, the GSA says a total of 1,064 LTE device models from 111 manufacturers are now available, noting a recent acceleration of activity in this area.
Indeed, since July 2011, some 647 new device models have been announced, according to the GSA, with the number of manufacturers growing by 66% over that period.
Around 360 of the currently available device models are smartphones, with routers and hotspots accounting for 332 of them.
Most devices work on FDD systems, although support for TDD – the technology in which China Mobile (Beijing, China) is investing – is increasing, with 222 device models now available for TDD networks.
The report also indicates which frequency bands have attracted the most interest.
For FDD communications, the most popular three bands are 2.6GHz, 1800MHz and 800MHz, all of which are being used by operators in Europe to support 4G services.
The 700MHz band being used by Verizon Wireless in the US comes fourth on the list, while an increasing number of devices now work across more than one spectrum band.
In addition, some 730 LTE device models will also operate on HSPA networks, while 243 are compatible with EV-DO systems.
“The choice of multiband devices is continuously improving, enabling improved economies of scale and opportunities for international roaming for LTE-enabled services,” said Alan Hadden, the president of the GSA. “More device manufacturers are entering the market.”
The GSA also noted that 202 commercial LTE networks in 77 countries have now been launched.
The organization expects the number of networks to hit 260, in 93 countries, by the end of the year.
South Africa’s Neotel (Johannesburg) became the latest operator to launch LTE services on 22 August, according to the GSA’s report.