LTE coverage gives further kick to mobile video

DetailsJoseph O'Halloran | 16 February 2015

More research has revealed the growing favourable conditions for mobile video development, with coverage of LTE 4G networks set to grow from 100 million people in 2014 to one billion in 2018.

AnvatoWatch apps copyLTE networks can support broadcast-quality video sessions and this latest finding from ABI Research comes only days after Citrix's latest Mobile Analytics Report reached a similar conclusion predicting that OTT services would take off rapidly.

In its Mobile Deployments, CAPEX, and Traffic Market Research report ABI calculates that at the end of 2014, there were 49 commercially available LTE-Advanced networks around the world. Western European operators led commercialisation with 20 operators, followed by 13 in Asia Pacific. That said, North America had the largest population coverage at 7.8%. All four major US operators have either commercially deployed LTE-Advanced networks that is AT&T and Sprint or in the case of Verizon and T-Mobile, are actively deploying such infrastructures.

Development looks set to gain a boost from a number of major spectrum auctions expected to take place in several major markets in 2015. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has just recently confirmed an LTE spectrum auction on the 25 February. In France, the government has recently approved the reassignment of the 700MHz band for telecom services and the FCC of the United States is currently conducting an auction for AWS-3 spectrum.

"As heavy subscribers' data traffic growth has exploded, ABI Research anticipates fierce competition for more spectrum, as well as an active migration to VoLTE and higher data modulation schemes such as LTE and LTE-Advanced, which has higher spectral efficiency," commented Jake Saunders, ABI VP and practice director of core forecasting.