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Published Date : Mar 2014

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The TD-LTE ecosystem is still in its early days but the commercial launch by China Mobile in December 2013 is going to boost the TD-LTE market.


Our estimates for TD-LTE subscriptions in December 2013, based on the data from our LTE Watch service, indicate fewer than 3.5 million subscriptions.

Table of Content

1. Executive summary


2. Methodology


3. Deployment status of TD-LTE

3.1. Deployment overview

3.2. Dual mode TDD and FDD networks

3.3. Less than 2 million TD-LTE subscriptions at end-2013

3.4. Case studies

3.4.1. Australia

3.4.2. China: the strongest contributor to the TD-LTE ecosystem

3.4.3. India (Bharti Airtel)

3.4.4. Japan (SoftBank)

3.4.5. South Korea

3.4.6. Brazil

3.4.7. USA

3.4.8. Saudi Arabia (Mobily)

3.4.9. Sweden (HI3G Sweden) 

3.4.10. United Kingdom (UK Broadband)

3.4.11. Other deployments


4. The device ecosystem

4.1. TD-LTE basebands

4.2. End-user devices


5. TD-LTE technical evolution closely follows that of LTE FDD

5.1. TD-LTE: more flexibility than the FDD mode

5.2. Carrier aggregation

5.3. Refarming and TD-LTE

5.4. TD-LTE and roaming

5.5. Voice over TD-LTE (VoTD-LTE)

5.6. TD-LTE and the 3.5 GHz band

5.7. TD-LTE and other TDD technologies

5.7.1. XGP and AXGP

5.7.2. WiMAX Advanced and TD-LTE


6. Annexes

6.1. Main TD-LTE basebands

6.2. Main TD-LTE smartphones

6.3. China Mobile TD-LTE terminal requirements

6.4. Devices supporting TD-LTE in bands 42 and 43

6.5. WiMAX operator evolution path, by region

List of Table

Table 1: TD-LTE and LTE FDD ecosystems at December 2013

Table 2: Adoption of TD-LTE technology at December 2013, by country

Table 3: TDD/FDD deployments

Table 4: TD-LTE and LTE FDD ecosystems at December 2013

Table 5: TD-LTE subscription figures at December 2013

Table 6: First-phase testing sites and assignments

Table 7: Number of devices available for each TDD band, as of November 2013

Table 8: Main frequency bands for UMTS/HSPA/LTE deployment – TDD mode

Table 9: Potential use of TDD bands for LTE

Table 10: TDD bands

Table 11: TD-LTE baseband chipsets

Table 12: TD-LTE smartphones

Table 13: Devices supporting TD-LTE in bands 42 & 43 (3.5 GHz)

Table 14: WiMAX operator evolution

List of Chart

Figure 1: Number of TD-LTE networks launched, by frequency band

Figure 2: Combination of FDD and TDD frequencies in commercially-launched FDD-TDD networks

Figure 3: TD-LTE development

Figure 4: Potential subscribers for TD-LTE

Figure 5: Mobile spectrum in Australia

Figure 6: Optus TD-LTE (ÆŠG Plus\') coverage for southern Australia

Figure 7: NBN Co broadband access

Figure 8: NBN Co fixed wireless infrastructure in 2016

Figure 9: NBN Co network

Figure 10: TD-LTE trials in China

Figure 11: Bharti networks footprint

Figure 12: SoftBank spectrum resources

Figure 13: SoftBank TD-LTE and LTE FDD coverage areas

Figure 14: TD-LTE cell sites operated by SoftBank

Figure 15: SoftBank TD-LTE coverage in Tokyo

Figure 16: Subscribers to SoftBank Wireless City Planning TD-LTE

Figure 17: Sprint multiband strategy

Figure 18: Access Spectrum coverage

Figure 19: Access Spectrum 700 MHz band

Figure 20: UK Broadband LTE spectrum

Figure 21: Main TD-LTE networks in Russia, as of mid-2013

Figure 22: Timeline of TD-LTE chipsets and devices

Figure 23: Distribution of the 274 TD-LTE devices as of December 2013

Figure 24: MiFi price evolution, in CNY

Figure 25: TD-LTE and LTE FDD complementarity

Figure 26: Carrier aggregation options

Figure 27: Availability and useability of spectrum in bands 42 and 43 in the world

Figure 28: Forecast global annual shipments of 3.5 GHz-compatible devices

Figure 29: Annual shipments of 3.5 GHz-compatible devices, by type, as % of total, upside case scenario 

Figure 30: ASA and the 3.5 GHz band

Figure 31: The different releases of XGP

Figure 32: AXGP roadmap

Figure 33: WiMAX evolution path towards TD-LTE

Figure 34: UQ strategy and roadmap for the introduction of WiMAX 2

Figure 35: China Mobile multi-mode multi-band requirement

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