In 2018 there is still vast room for growth for 4G LTE as it only accounts for around 35% of mobile technology market share globally. LTE technology is expected to carry most of the mobile traffic for at least the next decade - alongside a slow transition to 5G.
4G LTE has represented an important growth opportunity for the mobile industry, and many operators around the world have invested heavily in rolling out the technology. In a twelve-month period alone; LTE technology uptake grew by over 40% - at the expense of other technologies like 3G.
LTE was in fact, was one of fastest technology migrations ever seen.
WiFi has also established itself as the quiet achiever in the mobile broadband arena. Today, most heavy broadband use of smartphones and tablets takes place in homes, offices, airports, schools, universities, internet cafes and so forth - and in most of these situations the WiFi networks are used for this, not the mobile networks.
By 2025 4G/LTE market share will have increased to around 2/3 of the mobile subscriber base.
Western Europe has the largest market share of Wi-Fi hotspots - however another region is expected to overtake it by around 2021.
China has one the largest LTE markets in the world.
1.1 Global LTE subscriptions and deployments
1.2 Regional LTE observations
2 Global VoLTE overview
2.1 Case study: VoLTE in India
3 LTE and spectrum use
4 Other LTE trends
5 Global WiFi market
5.1 Wi-Fi hotspots
5.3 Venue Wi-Fi
5.4 Other Wi-fi trends
6 Related reports
List of Tables
Table 1 Global LTE subscribers 2011 2022
Table 2 Global LTE network growth 2010 2018
Table 3 LTE penetration by region Q1 2017; Q4 2017
Table 4 Global VoLTE subscribers 2017, 2022
Table 5 Global number of public Wi-Fi hotspots 2015; 2016; 2020; 2021
Table 6 Global number of public and private homespots 2015; 2020
Table 7 Global Bluetooth device shipments 2012 2021
List of Charts
Chart 1 LTE penetration by region Q4 2017
List of Exhibits
Exhibit 1 LTE definition
Exhibit 2 VoLTE history: data first, voice second
Exhibit 3 Fon
Exhibit 4 Case Study Airline Lounges
Exhibit 5 Bluetooth SIG