Global LTE (Long Term Evolution) Tariff Tracker

  • ID: 2131098
  • May 2015
  • Region: Global
  • Tariff Consultancy
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Launched in April 2012, the Global LTE Tariff Tracker comprises of a spreadsheet analysis, quarterly descriptive summaries and free customer service.

The database covers pricing for both Mobile Broadband and Smartphone offerings and allows the subscriber to compare like-for-like offerings.

The latest edition Q2 2015 covers pricing for 154 mobile operators offerings across 80 countries worldwide and it is constantly being updated as operators introduce new LTE services both mobile broadband and smartphone price plans.

Prices are given in local currency, Euros and US Dollars.

Section Headings

- Name of LTE vendor
- Geographical coverage
- Launch date
- Type of offering
- Download spped
- Monthly cost
- Data (MB/GB) included
- Outside the bundle pricing
- Promotional pricing in effect at the time of updating
- and relevant notes

Key Takeaways

- Searchable database by pricing and product
- Summary report of main pricing trends
- Price changes highlighted in red font
- Prices given in local currency, USD and Euros
- Free Analyst enquiry service

Geographical Coveage

EU: 25 countries, 60 operators

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The information is presented in database format and prices are presented in local currency, Euros and USD format with the following columns:




LTE launch date

Vendor partner


Availability of Service (Location)

Speed (download/upload)

Use for (PC/Laptop – IYOM)

Contract Length


Price per month

Name of Plan

Recurring cost in local currency/Euros/USD incl. tax

Recurring cost in local currency/Euros/USD excl. tax

Recurring cost in local currency/Euros/USD excl. tax.

Outside allowance Per 1 Mbyte in local currency/Euros/USD incl. tax

Promotional Pricing (available at the time of updating)



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The latest edition of the quarterly Global LTE Tariff Tracker service now covering 126 operators' offerings highlights the following key trends:

- Operators continue to expand the geographical coverage. e.g. O2 in the UK has rolled out its LTE network in another five cities with Birmingham, Coventry, Leicester, Nottingham, and Sheffield now covered along with London, Leeds and Bradford. The operator plans to cover 13 cities by the end of this year. Telenor in Norway announced that it will cover 90 per cent with LTE by 2015.

- The 3rd quarter edition reveals that operators have increased their portfolio with new plans. For example Ooredoo (Qatar) now offers all its plans with LTE access compared to when it launched and only the most expensive plan i.e. the unlimited plan) was available with LTE.

Subscriber numbers are rarely published; here are some of those that have been made public:
- OrangeFranceclaims to have 250K LTE users on its network (Sept. 2013).
- Swisscom has around 500K LTE users on its network (August 2013)
- EE revealed that it has over 1 Million 4G customers (Sept. 2013)
- SKT announced that it had 11 million LTE users, which accounts for 40% of its total customer base (July 2013)

The average per month cost for monthly charged plans is Euro 49.70 (previous update Euro 48) inclusive of tax, average inclusive allowance is 18 GB (previous update 17 GB). These averages relate to offerings that are for accessing the network via Portable/PC (excludes Smartphone offerings) on a contract.

Prepaid LTE has been launched by some operators, with Batelco one of these operators launching in August 2013. Batelco offers two prepaid bundles for BHD 15.00 (Euro 59) and BHD 30.00 (Euro 118) for 4 GB and 15 GB respectively. The network is throttled once this allowance has been used. Smart in the Philippineslaunched prepaid LTE in August and Mobitel in Slovenia in September 2013.

Operators extend LTE to smartphone users. Elisa inEstonialaunched new SmartPhone plans, which for the first time give access to the operators LTE network. T-Mobile inAustriaannounced the same move recently.

- Operators continue to entice customers to take up LTE hence various promotions are on offer. Currently Bouygues Telecom (France) is offering new connections that take out a 4G SmartPhone plan with two months free rental.

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