1800 MHz To Remain Top LTE Band Choice
The Global Mobile Suppliers Association confirms 145 operators have launched commercial LTE services in 66 countries, and the number of LTE subscriptions increased almost 10-fold as of September 2012, reaching 44 million. The majority of network deployments use FDD as the LTE standard, operating in paired spectrum; however, 1800 MHz (3GPP Band 3) has emerged as the dominant global band preference, and it is likely to remain the prime band for LTE and a key enabler for international roaming in the foreseeable future. At least another 22 LTE1800 network deployments are in progress in the Asia Pacific region, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

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