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Thursday, December 15, 2011

U.S. and Canada Lead in 4G LTE Subscriptions

4G Americas announced that LTE mobile network connections in North America reached 3.3 million -- representing 87 percent of all 3.8 million LTE connections worldwide, according to the latest market study by Informa Telecoms & Media.

This puts the U.S. and Canada in the number one position as global leaders in LTE subscriptions.

"The early deployment of LTE in the United States and Canada has put the region in a leadership position worldwide," stated Chris Pearson, President of 4G Americas. "It is also one of the key reasons why securing additional spectrum is a requirement for continued mobile broadband progress in serving both consumer and business customers while increasing our much-needed economic development in North America."

Without additional spectrum in the region, however, the leadership position will inevitably fall. It is already expected that by 2013 the Asia Pacific region will surpass North America in LTE subscriptions.

In Latin America, where LTE will most likely be deployed during December 2011 or first quarter of 2012, UMTS-HSPA mobile broadband is significantly penetrating the market.

In the year ending September 2011, UMTS-HSPA connections increased by 29.5 million for an 85 percent annual growth rate in the region with total 3GPP mobile broadband connections reaching 64.2 million.

People are finding alternative ways to communicate using services other than voice. With the consequent reduction in voice revenues and the flood of new sophisticated devices such as smartphones and tablets in the hands of the consumer, operators see this trend as an excellent opportunity to increase their data revenues with new and attractive Value Added Services.

Data services contributed an average of 22 percent to ARPU during 2Q 2011. That is the main reason that Latin America and the Caribbean are pressing hard on the HSPA+ accelerator with 28 commercial networks in 17 countries while preparing the way for upcoming LTE deployments.

Global Market Penetration Highlights:
  • 5.8 billion total wireless subscribers
  • 5.2 billion 3GPP subscriptions (90 percent market share)
  • 826 million UMTS-HSPA-LTE mobile broadband subscriptions as of September 2011
  • 413 commercial UMTS-HSPA networks
  • 173 HSPA+ networks
  • 3.8 million LTE subscriptions; 38 commercial LTE networks in 24 countries