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Research in Focus: LTE - Global LTE Subscriptions to Reach 802m by 2017

  • Published: August 2014
  • Region: Global
  • Pyramid Research, Inc

Globally, LTE subscriptions will make up less than 1% (.8%) of all mobile phone subscriptions by year-end 2012. LTE will grow to almost 10 percent of global mobile subscriptions by 2017. Although LTE subscription penetration in the Asia-Pacific region will remain lower than the global average, two countries in the region — Japan and South Korea — are leaders in LTE adoption, surpassed only by the US in current and expected new subscriptions in the next three years. By 2017 China and Indonesia will be important growth markets. Latin America will also continue to show lower LTE penetration than the global average. We expect almost 7% of mobile subscriptions in Brazil to be LTE by 2017, making the regional giant an important driver of global growth in LTE, despite lower than average adoption.

LTE subscriptions globally increased more than fourteen fold, to 11.4m, and Pyramid Research expects that figure to reach 54 million by year-end 2012, representing less than 1% of total subscriptions. By 2017, Pyramid expects the number of LTE subscriptions to reach 802.2 million, a 72% CAGR over 2012 levels, growing to almost 10 percent of global mobile subscriptions.

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Major highlights from this quarter
LTE Subscription trends:
-Global overview
-Regional overview
-Largest markets globally
-LTE's share of total mobile subscriptions
-4G versus 3G
Mobile handset trends:
-Global overview
-Regional overview
-Largest markets globally
-LTE handset sell-through
LTE Outlook:
-Asia-Pacific
-United States
-Western Europe
Appendix: Definitions
Appendix: LTE subscriptions worldwide
Appendix: LTE handset sell-through

Global LTE subscriptions are expected to reach 802.2 million by 2017, growing to almost 10 percent of global mobile subscriptions. This will be driven by subscriber demand for more data, as well as operators' desire to more efficiently manage their rising data traffic, according to the first report in a new series, Research in Focus: LTE.

Research in Focus: LTE helps leaders in the communications industry identify emerging opportunities in LTE markets around the world. The first report, Global LTE Subscriptions to Reach 802m by 2017, is available in PowerPoint format and accompanied by an Excel file that contains all the data underlying the report.

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