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2Q2015: LTE connections worldwide double to 750M+


September 9, 2015  


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4G Americas reports that LTE continues to rapidly accelerate with nearly 755 million total connections worldwide as of the second quarter of 2015; a 141% increase year-over-year according to Ovum research. North America continues to lead the world by increasing its high ranking in LTE market share to 47.5% compared to the rising global market share for LTE of 10%. Latin America boasted the highest growth rate of LTE connections among the world regions with an impressive 324% growth increase year-over-year.

“North America continued its tremendous leadership in LTE with metrics such as coverage, share of market and penetration,” said Chris Pearson, president of 4G Americas. “Network operators in the region continue to expand and upgrade their LTE and LTE-Advanced networks, including deployment of VoLTE, carrier aggregation and other important enhancements.”

LTE has a 47.5% share of market within all mobile wireless connections in North America; this compares to the next highest ranking regions, Western Europe at 19% and Oceania, Eastern and South-Eastern Asia at 16.25%. Penetration of LTE in North America increased to 55% compared to Western Europe at 24% and Oceania, Eastern and South-Eastern Asia at 17% (penetration represents the number of LTE connections as a percentage of the population). North America exceeds all other world regions.

LTE-Advanced is now being deployed across operators’ footprints in North America, offering performance and capacity improvements. The study revealed:

  • 68 commercial LTE networks deployed in Canada and the U.S., plus seven LTE-Advanced networks
  • 198 million LTE connections as of June 2015; net gain of 65 million new LTE subscribers during the last 12 months
  • LTE connections are forecast to reach 206 million by year-end 2015 and nearly 400 million by year-end 2020.

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