A total of 705 new LTE devices were unveiled in 2013, doubling the number of end-user devices available, reports Light Reading.
The Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) says some 1,371 LTE-enabled user devices were produced by 132 manufacturers in 2013 — a 52% increase over the previous year.
LTE TDD devices are also becoming more ubiquitous. A total of 304 products can now operate in the TD-LTE mode, which is 180 more than a year ago. More than 10% of commercial LTE networks have deployed the LTE TDD, according to GSA data.
The number of 4G-LTE connections worldwide is forecast to pass one billion by 2017, according to a new study by GSMA Intelligence. LTE networks worldwide have been deployed in 12 different frequency bands to date; four out of five live LTE networks today are deployed in one of four bands: 700MHz, 800MHz, 1800MHz or 2600MHz.