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Global LTE (Long Term Evolution) Tariff Tracker

  • ID: 2131098
  • December 2015
  • Region: Global
  • Tariff Consultancy
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LTE (Long Term Evolution) Tariff Tracker has Now Hit 1 Billion Subscribers According to Latest Statistics

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 Q4 2015 covers pricing for 156 mobile operators offerings across 82 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 (included in a 1-year subscription)

- Searchable database by pricing and product
- Summary report of main pricing trends as well as commenting on changes made since the last update
- Price changes highlighted in red font
- Prices given in local currency, USD READ MORE >

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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:

- Region
- Country
- Operator
- LTE launch date
- Vendor partner
- Business/Residential
- Availability of Service (Location)
- Speed (download/upload)
- Use for (PC/Laptop – IYOM)
- Contract Length
- Postpaid/Prepaid
- 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)
- Notes
- Taxrate

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To celebrate the first 1 billion LTE subscriber benchmark reached by the end of 2015, this edition examines the main trends for LTE pricing and products since the first LTE services appeared.

The Global LTE Pricing Tariff Tracker latest edition has just been published, an update of worldwide LTE pricing developments for the final quarter of 2015. The Global LTE Pricing Tariff Tracker provides a valuable summary of the key trends in LTE pricing & services as the landmark of one billion users is reached.

As of the final quarter of 2015, total LTE users had reached some 1.05 billion, with China, the USA & Japan accounting for almost two-thirds of total LTE subscribers worldwide. At the end of December 2015, industry association the GSMA stated that there were now 428 LTE networks active in 155 countries (an increase from 393 LTE networks in 138 countries in June 2015).

The latest edition of the Global LTE Pricing Tariff Tracker provides comprehensive LTE pricing and product information from 156 providers in 82 countries. The final quarter of 2015 edition highlights the following key trends as LTE services continue to evolve rapidly:

- The introduction of LTE-A services: with MNOs offering higher theoretical upload and download speeds from LTE-A services - with launches by DiGi (Malaysia) and ooredoo (Qatar) by the end of 2015.
Ooredoo (Qatar) claims a new download speed of up to 375 Mbps, with Bell (Canada), Zain (Saudi Arabia) and TDC (Denmark) also increasing their LTE network speeds during 2015.

- LTE coverage expansion: with MNOs expanding their LTE in-country network coverage – for example with DiGi (Malaysia) now expanded to 65% of the population and Nationwide coverage in 100 major towns and cities.

- MNOs are also launching VoLTE services: Many MNOs continue to introduce VoLTE (Voice over LTE) services at the same price as normal calling - for example, in November 2015, Orange Romania introduced its VoLTE service, claiming a five-fold improvement in call set up times and improved call clarity.

- New LTE Pre Pay & lower priced Post Pay plans: MNOs are expanding their LTE customer base by addressing lower priced segments, with lower Post Pay price points and with Pre Pay. With new LTE launches, the trend is for the MNO to introduce LTE without a price premium.
For example, in September 2015 Irish MNO Meteor (a subsidiary of Eircom) launched its LTE service without a price premium. Orange (Spain) in October also introduced LTE as standard for its Pre Pay customers, following similar moves by Spanish rivals Vodafone & Yoigo.

Lower cost LTE price plans are being offered by more MNOs: Selected MNOs are introducing low cost LTE plans. Some examples highlighted by TCL include:

- Free Mobile (France): Free Mobile offers a Euro €2 per month tariff which includes 50 MB of mobile data, unlimited SMS/MMS and 120 minutes of calls for use domesticand to 110 countries and Free WiFi.

- Zain (Bahrain): Zain Bahrain has introduced a Dangerous pre pay add on for BD 1.5 (USD 4) per week with free on-net calling, selected IDD calls, 50 minutes & 3 GB of mobile data.

- DiGi (Malaysia): DiGi Malaysia provides a smartphone tariff starting from MYR 25 (USD 6) per month with a 1 GB data allowance, free social media, unlimited calling and texting to 3 on-net numbers and free apps.

LTE was initially launched as a premium business data service, but has now become a standard data offering: First launched in 2009 by TeliaSonera in Sweden & Norway as a USB modem-based service LTE is now being provided as a standard data service for a mass market of consumer smartphone users.

Some MNOs are introducing higher LTE data allowances: TCL has identified 32 LTE plans that have a data allowance of 100 GB and over, typically provided for PC/laptop/tablet devices as a premium product. TCL highlights the trend with the examples given below:

- Telia Denmark: Telia Denmark provides a 100 GB smartphone plan for DKR 399 (USD 59) per month.

- TDC Denmark: TDC Denmark provides TDC Mobile Broadband with up to a 300 GB LTE data allowance for DKR 349 (USD 52) per month

- Zain Kuwait: Zain Kuwait provides a 500 GB, 750 GB and 1024 GB data allowance, currently running a promotion with double the data.

- Viva Kuwait: Viva Kuwait provides unlimited data as part of its Postpaid bundles KWD 30 (USD 100) per month and above.

More LTE price promotions are being introduced: A large number of LTE price promotions are being introduced. TCL highlights the trend with some examples below:

- TIM Italy: TIM Italy is offering a half price promotion for its 4G Internet with 4 GB of data – reducing the monthly fee from Euro €10 to Euro €5.

- Zain Kuwait: Zain Kuwait have introduced free internet at weekends for its Pre Pay users for an unspecified period as well as double the data.

- Vodafone Netherlands: Vodafone Netherlands have introduced a series of price reductions for its Red plans with the most expensive plan being offered at Euro 47 per month instead of the standard rate of Euro 75 per month.

The latest edition of the Global LTE Pricing Tariff Tracker highlights the key trends in pricing and product development, as LTE services have grown rapidly to become a mass-market service achieving one billion users. But in order to address the remaining mobile market with LTE services, MNOs will need to continue to focus on improving penetration rates for the Pre Pay user segments, particularly in South America, Asia, India & Africa.

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