The worldwide rollout of LTE is truly becoming a juggernaut. According to the GSMA, 264 LTE networks were commercially launched in 101 countries from late 2009 to early 2014, and almost as many additional networks are expected to be launched from 2015 to 2020, bringing the number of global LTE connections to 2.5 billion, or more than one-third of all mobile connections.
Yet, at the same time as this implementation increases in speed, the implementation also increases in complexity, as a number technology and business challenges have to be addressed. On the technology end, mobile operators have to install new equipment and adapt existing infrastructure to new standards. On the business end, operators must determine new pricing structures and reconfigure business partner relationships for roaming. As a result, the next phase of LTE growth will depend on how well operators are able to formulate a strategy to tackle these complexities smoothly.
I recently had an opportunity to shed light on some of these challenges in an article published in the official publication of the Competitive Carriers Association – CCA Voice. In the article, “Three Factors Critical to LTE Rollout,” I highlight how roaming interoperability, IPX and VoLTE are playing three vital parts in LTE implementation.
I invite you to take a look at the article and find out how the mobile industry stands to benefit by placing a strong focus on these three areas. And if you have any thoughts or questions on LTE rollout, I invite you to share them in the comments section below.