1Q 2012: Milestones Hit Billions for Wireless Industry
U.S.: More than 4 Million LTE Subscriptions Added
BELLEVUE, Wash. – June 29 2012
Latin America: 88 Million HSPA Mobile Broadband Connections
4G Americas reports that in the first quarter of 2012 many milestones were achieved at the billion mark for the wireless industry and 3GPP technologies in particular, according to Informa Telecoms & Media.
“Benchmarks are important to recognize as they provide a level of achievement for the wireless cellular industry,” said Chris Pearson, President of 4G Americas. “In North, Central and South America, cellular technology continues to change our lifestyles as the number of wireless connections surpassed a billion in the region. On a global scale, mobile broadband connections of HSPA and LTE achieved nearly a billion connections, reflecting 16 percent market share of all mobile connections and increasing rapidly.”
Milestones achieved in 1Q 2012:
Wireless connections surpassed 6 billion with 90 percent using 3GPP technologies
More than half a billion (580 million) annual new 3GPP connections, including more than a quarter of a billion (262 million) annual new mobile broadband HSPA and LTE connections (in the 12 months ending March 2012)
Mobile broadband HSPA and LTE connections reached nearly 1 billion (989 million)
Mobile connections (all technologies) surpassed 1 billion with 787 million (78 percent) using 3GPP technologies
HSPA+ and LTE Mobile Broadband Growth - 1Q 2012:
Annual growth for LTE on a worldwide basis is more than 2,000 percent and in the leading market,the U.S., more than 4 million new LTE connections were recorded in the three months ending in March 2012. Latin America continues its HSPA mobile broadband growth with 88 million connections at the end of the first quarter.
Wireless connections (all technologies) achieved 649 million with 3GPP technologies representing 95 percent market share (618 million)
71 million new 3GPP subscriptions in the year ending March 2012; more than half (39 million) were new HSPA connections to achieve 14 percent market share of total wireless connections; 14 million new HSPA connections were added in 1Q 2012 alone
HSPA mobile broadband achieved 88 million connections in the year ending March 2012 with annualized growth of 80 percent
“Latin American mobile users continue to demand high speed data services; mobile broadband penetration climbed from 8 percent to 15 percent during the last year and it is estimated that mobile data penetration will reach 30 percent at the end of 2013,” said Erasmo Rojas, Director of Latin America and the Caribbean at 4G Americas.
For more information and to view a variety of statistical charts on the 3GPP family of technologies, visit www.4gamericas.org. All subscriber 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 promote, facilitate and advocate for the deployment and adoption of the 3GPP family of technologies throughout the Americas. 4G Americas contributes to the successful commercial rollout of 3GPP mobile broadband technologies across the Americas and their place as the No. 1 technology family in the region. The organization aims to develop the expansive wireless ecosystem of networks, devices, and applications enabled by GSM and its evolution to LTE. 4G Americas is headquartered in Bellevue, Wash., with an office for Latin America and the Caribbean in Dallas. More information is available at www.4gamericas.org.
4G Americas' Board of Governors members include: Alcatel-Lucent, América Móvil, AT&T, Cable & Wireless, CommScope, Entel, Ericsson, Gemalto, HP, Huawei, Nokia Siemens Networks, Openwave, Powerwave, Qualcomm, Research In Motion (RIM), Rogers, T-Mobile USA and Telefónica.