Colombia Leading Growth of 4G LTE Adoption In Latin America; Exclusive Interview With 4G Americas’ José Otero
April 20, 2015
Latin America has seen a substantial increase in LTE deployments and subscribers with an impressive 488% annual growth from 2 million LTE connections at end of 2013 to 12 million at the end of 2014. This growth is due in large part to the spectrum auctions that have occurred throughout the region allowing service providers the ability to offer LTE services to their customers.. GSM connectivity numbers remain above both LTE and HSPA with a total of 436 million subscribers in the region; however, that statistic continues to decline year-over-year.
Finance Colombia was able to discuss this market growth, especially as it relates to Colombia’s vibrant and at times, contentious domestic wireless mobile telecommunications market, with José Otero, 4G Americas’ Director of Latin America And The Caribbean.
Finance Colombia: Latin America’s adoption of LTE has really grown, from 2 million connections in 2013 to 12 million in 2014. What kind of growth should we expect over the next 3 years?
José Otero: The period from 2011 to 2014 could be described as the first phase of LTE deployments in Latin America. During these four years, LTE deployments were characterized by their limited geographic coverage (main exception being Brasil) and low number of operators offering the service in the same market.