4G LTE now deployed in 100 countries, here's where you can use your multiband iPhone or iPad


The GSA organization just released a map of the next LTE milestone reached - deployment in 100 countries worldwide. You only need to take one look at the map to determine that LTE is going mainstream. 

There are currently 268 commercially available 4G LTE networks, and GSA forecast this number to reach the whopping 350+ carriers by the end of the year. another interesting tidbit is that almost half of those networks are using the LTE1800 band, and in total the LTE subscribers are closing in on the 160 million mark.

The phones and tablets with the widest LTE band support are currently made by Apple, as it has to sell one and the same product across the globe, so its iPhones and iPads sport a record number of bands coverage inside their tiny Qualcomm radios. 

The iPhone 5s and 5c models sold on Sprint offer 13-band LTE support, including the valuable LTE1800. The record, however, goes to the newest iPads - the Air and the mini - which cover 21 bands, so theoretically you can use them with fast download speeds in most of the countries you see painted in red on this map above.

source: GSA 

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23 Comments

1. 1701nino unregistered

Yea we in Croatia finally got LTE like last year or something. Truthfully i'm perfectly happy with HSDPA on my nexus 4.

3. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Visiting the motherland this summer. Glad there's lte.

5. mss1988

Posts: 40; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

And we in Serbia are on par with sub-Saharan Africa, Iran and North Korea :P

10. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"4G LTE now deployed in 100 countries, here's where you can use your multiband iPhone or iPad" Daniel P. what forced you to make such article titles? Does iPhone and iPad are the only one multiband devices in the world? Also such article was already posted here on PhoneArena.com by Maxwell R. and in his article titles we can't see anything about iPhone or iPad. "LTE networks now operational in 100 countries" http://www.phonearena.com/news/LTE-networks-now-operational-in-100-countries_id52266

18. Arirank

Posts: 40; Member since: Jan 19, 2014

The best comment today (y) (y)

20. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Thank you. :)

2. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Here in India LTE still sucks. I've seen no user who's using LTE. There's no awareness about LTE. Heck, even 3G services are damn expensive here. Mobile data scene here sucks bad. Also the wired internet. I've seen users in other countries using multi Mbps connections without cap at very cheap rates, then why not here?

4. Nimay_7

Posts: 26; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

well about wired internet, i can say mtnl is really awesome as it doesnt have cap, but yaa if we talk rates.. no one gives us for cheaper rates..

7. brar.arsh

Posts: 202; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

Here in canada, if you want a good plan with unlimited nation wide and about 5 6GB LTE data, you are spending about 100 dollars a month on Rogers/Bell/Telus.. It isn't cheap here too and regarding wired Internet, the plans are about 70 80 dollars for unlimited usage, so that's also high. Over this there is 13.5% tax.. Everything looks good till the time you don't jump into it.

8. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Have patience buddy. Reliance and Airtel are bringing affordable LTE connections in the summer to major cities. :D

22. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

be sure that it will be all but affordable.. I am just waiting when they will bring down prices on 3G.. this 2G is too frustrating

23. Nimay_7

Posts: 26; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

Buddy 3g is cheaper to 2g in reliance.. dont forget that..

6. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

BREAKING NEWS!!!! 'iPhones and iPads' are the ONLY 'multiband' devices in the whole wide world! (even though they can't take advantage of those 'multibands' and work mostly on global wi-fi)

9. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Why do I think you're an emo in real life?

11. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Maybe becouse you are Apple's fanboy and just want to insult him? (rhetorical question)

19. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I'm a not a fanboy of any OS with computers or phones. I just buy what suits me. Papinyc just always seems butthurt or offended easily. Seems like his parents took his iPhone away

21. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Oh bucky, bucky, bucky why are you so phucky, phucky, phucky??? The article is about LTE coverage and multiband devices and, yet, the title specifically implies that the iDuds are the only multiband devices in the whole wide world. I merely pointed out the obvious so, there's no need for your butt to be so hurt. What's the matter? Did your parents force you to use an iPhone, thereby, refusing to get you a real "smartphone"?? Please don't hate (just lubricate) .... next time it won't hurt so bad.

13. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

lol ... hardly In real life I am a 'multiband' Galaxy Note 2 (that doesn't exist); I am rooted on 4.3, I L♥ve unlimited data with free tethering (Thank you Fox-Fi), I L♥ve free Google Voice on Groove IP, I L♥ve walks in the park but, unlike you, I probably wouldn't hold and cuddle you after sex (even if you begged me).

12. kevinhope5

Posts: 53; Member since: Feb 06, 2014

We in Zimbabwe got LTE sometime last year June... My iPhone 5s is chowing data like there's no tomorrow

14. breathlesstao unregistered

...why is a general availability map of a general technology so arbitrarily linked to specific devices of a specific brand? This kind of thing is seen in paid advertisements, for cryin' out loud.

15. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Agree.

16. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

That's because in a world of 'general availability' this site is "generally biased". Not only paid advertisements, by the 'vay, Apple has threatened PhoneArena that, if they (PhoneArena) don't agree to their iProduct placement, they (Apple) will never ever again provide them (PhoneArena) with review units (even though, they [PA] still have to stand on line to get one [at Full retail] ... lol

17. tim123

Posts: 29; Member since: Jan 27, 2014

China has LTE but it can't be used to full expend since it own capital, Beijing only has a few place that can actually give full LTE connectivity. So the changes of getting LTE connectivity is like 5%

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