Driving LTE Adoption in Emerging Markets
In many emerging markets in Asia and Africa, operators face the challenge of having to cope with high voice demand due to limited spectrum availability, fragmentation and planning restrictions. On the other hand, LTE offers efficiency gains compared to the GSM technology.
The GSMA is advocating for the Digital Dividend spectrum (700/800MHz bands) to be released due to its suitability characteristics for rural coverage as well as urban indoor penetration. However, as with early adopters of this band, the device ecosystem is limited and LTE is perceived as ‘high-end’ and expensive, particularly for communities in emerging markets, not necessarily meeting their demand and needs.
Are cheaper LTE voice devices the way forward? What would need to be considered to deliver low-cost LTE handsets?
This provides a platform for operators, experts, device and component manufacturers, to share their views and thoughts on the opportunities and challenges to drive LTE adoption in emerging markets.
We hosted a private meeting during Mobile World Congress on Thursday 27th February 2014. For further information, please email email@example.com
The GSMA held an initial call on Friday 20th September 2013 to discuss intial shaping of the debate. Presentations below: