By Tue From Hermansen, Director, Mobile Data and Advanced Networks, MACH
According to the Global Mobile Suppliers Association’s (GSA’s) “Evolution to LTE Report” (www.gsacom.com), published September 11, 2012, the industry reached 96 live LTE network deployments by September, and forecasts 152 live LTE network deployments by the end of 2012. Devices with LTE support are coming out in a steady stream now, with the Apple iPhone 5 being one of the more recent announcements. The establishment of the necessary building blocks for an international LTE-roaming service network is taking shape. And so, while device manufacturers, chipset manufacturers and mobile network operators work out the multi-spectrum, inter-operability challenges around the world, SK Korea and CSL Hong Kong in June announced the first international LTE roaming agreement on 1800 MHz. International LTE roaming is coming.
While a lot of attention has rightfully been given to the inter-operability issues between networks and devices, it is time for the industry to turn additional attention onto the subscribers’ cross border LTE-experience.