LTE Market Share 33% of All Mobile Connections in US and Canada

by Istvan Fekete on September 5, 2014

There are 127 million LTE connections in North America, pushing 4G Long Term Evolution technology market share to 33% of the total 391 million mobile connections in the region. As of the end of the second quarter of 2014, this market share is the largest for LTE compared to any country or region in the world, Ovum research’s data shows.

On a global scale, there were 280 million LTE subscriptions, accounting for 4% of the world’s 7 billion mobile connections. North America currently has 45% of all LTE connections globally, which compares to the Asia–Pacific region’s 36% and Western Europe’s 13%.

During the second quarter, 15 million LTE connections were added, so by the end of the quarter the number of LTE connections had reached 127 million in North America. The region is the global leader in terms of connections.

The North American penetration rate for LTE is significantly higher compared to the rest of the world, as it currently stands at 36% (at the end of Q2 2014) LTE penetration of the population. Western Europe is a distant second with only 8% penetration, while LTE penetration in the Asia–Pacific region is at 3%, Ovum research has found.

“Innovations in regulatory policy, new advanced LTE networks with leading technology and smartphone penetration of 66 percent have resulted in a tremendous confluence of subscriber demand for mobile broadband data applications and services in the U.S and Canada,” stated Chris Pearson, President of 4G Americas. “The benefits of the 3GPP technologies in the North American region have provided not only leadership for our region in the mobile economy, but significant opportunities in the convergence with computing for the Internet of Things.”

The research reveals a handful interesting data, such the rapid growth of LTE connections since its launch: two years ago, there were only 16 million LTE connections; this number jumped to 63 million a year later, and now there are 127 million in North America.

Ovum predicts that there will be 139 million LTE connections by the end of this year, and that the 200 million milestone will be reached by 2016.

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