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Ovum's latest LTE spectrum forecasts show that just four core bands will account for over 50% of the addressable market for LTE by 2020, although spectrum fragmentation will continue to be a concern.


  • By 2020, over 50% of the addressable market for LTE will be covered by just four core bands. Two of these will be FDD bands and two will be TDD, although TD-LTE growth will slow in the outlook period.

Features and Benefits

  • Provides in-depth analysis of the trends revealed in Ovum's LTE Forecasts by Spectrum: 2015–20
  • Analyzes how global LTE band adoption trends will affect take-up in different markets and regions

Key questions answered

  • Which LTE bands will show the fastest growth over the next five years?
  • Which new bands will come online and where will they be deployed?

Table of contents


  • In brief
  • Ovum view
  • Recommendations

Market status

  • 1800MHz is the most widely deployed band

Market dynamics

  • TD-LTE will grow more slowly outside China
  • North America adds more bands to the mix
  • Low-end bands
  • Carrier aggregation

Market outlook

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Japan and Bands 42 and 43


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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