Click here to close now.


News Feed Item

1Q2014: LTE Approaching Quarter of a Billion Connections Worldwide

LTE Hits 30% Share of Cellular Market in North America

BELLEVUE, WA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/05/14 -- 4G Americas reports that LTE deployments, devices and connections have reached scale based upon data from the first quarter of 2014. To date, LTE is deployed on 294 networks in 106 countries; commercial LTE devices have scaled to more than 1,500 from 154 companies (GSA, March 2014); and LTE global connections reached 245 million at the end of March 2014 (Informa Telecoms & Media).

LTE connections in North America grew to 115 million subscriptions, representing 30 percent of the 387 million total mobile subscriptions in the region at the end of the first quarter of 2014; whereas, LTE represented 4 percent of all cellular connections worldwide. The North American market remains in the leadership position of LTE market share worldwide with 47% percent of the world's 245 million LTE connections at the end of March 2014.

"All the key success factors are contributing to LTE's expanded coverage, smartphone penetration and subscriber growth in North America," stated Vicki Livingston, Head of Communications at 4G Americas. "The factors in the success formula include LTE network evolution, planning and allocation of harmonized spectrum and coverage. These key ingredients coupled with regulatory innovation will allow the region to achieve more than twice the LTE penetration of any other region in the world for more than five years."

North America Statistics - Q1 2014
With smartphone penetration at 68 percent in the U.S. (Chetan Sharma, U.S. Wireless Market Update, 1Q 2014), LTE connections continue to ramp up, ending the quarter with 112 million LTE connections. U.S. and Canada added 14 million LTE connections in the first quarter and 62 million LTE connections year-over-year; LTE's market share was 30 percent and the combined market shares for LTE and HSPA mobile broadband in the North America region was 61 percent.

  • 47 commercial LTE networks deployed in U.S. and Canada
  • 123 million HSPA connections
  • Forecast 139 million LTE mobile connections at YE2014
  • LTE and HSPA mobile broadband represent 61 percent of all cellular connections in the region
  • By 2019, LTE will have 85 percent share of market in North America (Ericsson Mobility Report, June 2014)

Latin America & Caribbean Statistics - Q1 2014
In Latin America, LTE subscriptions grew 50 percent from 2 million to 3 million in the first quarter which exhibits the beginning of the trend of anticipated growth stimulated by the expansion of LTE networks and availability of LTE devices.

"Latin America realized tremendous growth of LTE in the first quarter of this year," stated Chris Pearson, President of 4G Americas. "Brazil is leading the acquisition of LTE connections in the region, speared by the World Cup and Olympic events that have progressed the deployment of LTE network coverage. The demand for mobile broadband services across the region continues to positively affect the increase in LTE subscriptions."

In Latin America, smartphone penetration was at 20 percent by the end of 2013, fueling the uptake of mobile broadband (Market Research Reports, May 9, 2014). LTE subscriptions grew by 1 million subscribers in the first quarter, while HSPA and HSPA+ connections increased by 19 million in the same timeframe. The LTE and HSPA mobile broadband market share grew to 30 percent with 215 million of the total 717 million cellular connections in the region. It is forecast that LTE subscriptions will continue to experience an annual growth rate of nearly 100 percent for the next five years.

  • 39 commercial LTE networks in 18 countries to date
  • 3 million LTE connections / two thirds are in Brazil
  • 103 commercial HSPA+ networks in 42 countries to date
  • 212 million HSPA/HSPA+ connections; 18 million added 1Q14
  • Forecast nearly 731 million connections at the end of 2014

Global Statistics - Q1 2014
LTE's global market share was at 4 percent of all cellular connections. The world regions with the highest percentage of LTE market share ranked as follows in the first quarter: 1) North America, 47 percent; 2) Asia Pacific, 39 percent and; 3) Western Europe, 10 percent. North America continues to lead the world with the largest number of LTE subscribers at 115 million followed by Asia Pacific which achieved 95 million LTE connections at the end of March.

  • 294 commercial LTE networks today; 350 commercial LTE networks expected by end of 2014
  • Over 500 total commitments to LTE deployment by mobile operators to date
  • 104 million LTE connections in March 2013; 245 million as of March 2014, more than a doubling of connections in 12 months
  • LTE connections are forecast to surpass 2.3 billion by 2020

Kristin Paulin, Senior Analyst, Informa Telecoms & Media commented, "The rapid adoption of LTE, with worldwide connections more than doubling year-over-year to 1Q 2014, has been driven by smartphones. It takes an efficient network like LTE to handle the increase in mobile data traffic from smartphones."

4G Americas maintains current lists of HSPA+ and LTE Global Deployments by region on its website. For more information and to view a variety of statistical charts on the 3GPP family of technologies, visit Subscriber and forecast data is from Informa Telecoms & Media World Cellular Information Service (WCIS+).

About 4G Americas: Unifying the Americas through Mobile Broadband Technology
4G Americas is an industry trade organization composed of leading telecommunications service providers and manufacturers. The organization's mission is to advocate for and foster the advancement and full capabilities of the 3GPP family of mobile broadband technologies, including LTE-Advanced, throughout the ecosystem's networks, services, applications and wirelessly connected devices in the Americas. 4G Americas contributes to the success of 3GPP technologies and their No. 1 place in the region. 4G Americas is headquartered in Bellevue, Wash. More information is available at or and

4G Americas' Board of Governors members include: Alcatel-Lucent, América Móvil, AT&T, Cable & Wireless, Cisco, CommScope, Entel, Ericsson, HP, Mavenir, Nokia, Openwave Mobility, Qualcomm, Rogers, Sprint, T-Mobile USA and Telefónica.

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
"eFolder does a lot of different things but we protect data and we are focused on protecting data no matter where it resides," explained Carlo Tapia, Product Marketing Manager at eFolder, in this interview at Cloud Expo, held November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing rapidly by extending current technologies, products and networks. By 2020, Cisco estimates there will be 50 billion connected devices. Gartner has forecast revenues of over $300 billion, just to IoT suppliers. Now is the time to figure out how you’ll make money – not just create innovative products. With hundreds of new products and companies jumping into the IoT fray every month, there’s no shortage of innovation. Despite this, McKinsey/VisionMobile data...
Cloud computing is unquestionably one of the driving forces of DevOps, as the automation of operations transforms enterprise software development. DevOps, however, is more than a technology trend, as it represents a move toward silo-busting, self-organizing horizontal teams that drive business velocity. At the same time, enterprise Digital Transformation represents an upheaval across the enterprise, as customer preferences and behavior drive enterprise technology decisions. This transformation ...
Most of the IoT Gateway scenarios involve collecting data from machines/processing and pushing data upstream to cloud for further analytics. The gateway hardware varies from Raspberry Pi to Industrial PCs. The document states the process of allowing deploying polyglot data pipelining software with the clear notion of supporting immutability. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Shashank Jain, a development architect for SAP Labs, discussed the objective, which is to automate the IoT deployment proces...
Just over a week ago I received a long and loud sustained applause for a presentation I delivered at this year’s Cloud Expo in Santa Clara. I was extremely pleased with the turnout and had some very good conversations with many of the attendees. Over the next few days I had many more meaningful conversations and was not only happy with the results but also learned a few new things. Here is everything I learned in those three days distilled into three short points.
In demand-intensive mobile and web applications, an emerging pattern is to host the Systems of Engagement in the cloud (for maximum responsiveness) but keep the Systems of Record with the other important business systems in the company datacenter, often on a tightly secured mainframe. But what about the space in between? In this IBM Redpaper publication, we show that the IBM Bluemix cloud platform offers technologies that make it easy for cloud-based SoEs to securely connect to on-premises IBM...
DevOps is about increasing efficiency, but nothing is more inefficient than building the same application twice. However, this is a routine occurrence with enterprise applications that need both a rich desktop web interface and strong mobile support. With recent technological advances from Isomorphic Software and others, rich desktop and tuned mobile experiences can now be created with a single codebase – without compromising functionality, performance or usability. In his session at DevOps Su...
As organizations realize the scope of the Internet of Things, gaining key insights from Big Data, through the use of advanced analytics, becomes crucial. However, IoT also creates the need for petabyte scale storage of data from millions of devices. A new type of Storage is required which seamlessly integrates robust data analytics with massive scale. These storage systems will act as “smart systems” provide in-place analytics that speed discovery and enable businesses to quickly derive meaningf...
In his keynote at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, Director of IoT Engineering at Citrix and co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, focused on building an IoT platform and company. He provided a behind-the-scenes look at Octoblu’s platform, business, and pivots along the way (including the Citrix acquisition of Octoblu).
In his General Session at 17th Cloud Expo, Bruce Swann, Senior Product Marketing Manager for Adobe Campaign, explored the key ingredients of cross-channel marketing in a digital world. Learn how the Adobe Marketing Cloud can help marketers embrace opportunities for personalized, relevant and real-time customer engagement across offline (direct mail, point of sale, call center) and digital (email, website, SMS, mobile apps, social networks, connected objects).
OpsHub, Inc. has announced enhanced support for DevOps and Migration for both Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio On-line in a heterogeneous environment. With added support for build and release entities in OpsHub Integration Manager (OIM) Microsoft customers can now leverage Visual Studio build and release services to manage DevOps processes in a heterogeneous environment. With the enhanced support customers can manage the DevOps process in Team Foundation Server while undertaking activit...
The buzz continues for cloud, data analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT) and their collective impact across all industries. But a new conversation is emerging - how do companies use industry disruption and technology enablers to lead in markets undergoing change, uncertainty and ambiguity? Organizations of all sizes need to evolve and transform, often under massive pressure, as industry lines blur and merge and traditional business models are assaulted and turned upside down. In this new da...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Catchpoint, a global leader in monitoring, and testing the performance of online applications, has been named "Silver Sponsor" of DevOps Summit New York, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016 at the Javits Center in New York City. Catchpoint radically transforms the way businesses manage, monitor, and test the performance of online applications. Truly understand and improve user experience with clear visibility into complex, distributed online systems.Founde...
With all the incredible momentum behind the Internet of Things (IoT) industry, it is easy to forget that not a single CEO wakes up and wonders if “my IoT is broken.” What they wonder is if they are making the right decisions to do all they can to increase revenue, decrease costs, and improve customer experience – effectively the same challenges they have always had in growing their business. The exciting thing about the IoT industry is now these decisions can be better, faster, and smarter. Now ...
In recent years, at least 40% of companies using cloud applications have experienced data loss. One of the best prevention against cloud data loss is backing up your cloud data. In his General Session at 17th Cloud Expo, Sam McIntyre, Partner Enablement Specialist at eFolder, presented how organizations can use eFolder Cloudfinder to automate backups of cloud application data. He also demonstrated how easy it is to search and restore cloud application data using Cloudfinder.