BELLEVUE, Wash. – June 13, 2016 – 5G Americas, the industry trade association and voice of 5G and LTE for the Americas, today announced mobile subscriber data for the first quarter of 2016 which included an industry milestone with LTE connections reaching over a quarter of a billion in North America according to data gathered by Ovum. Latin America and the Caribbean showed significant LTE growth rates as the second fastest growing region of all the regions in the world, having grown 268 percent year-over-year, only surpassed by the combined Central and Southern Asia region.
“Even though 5G has captured the minds of the industry, LTE continues to grow at a tremendous rate. LTE will be the mobile broadband foundation for 5G as coverage increases and by its continued evolution with new inventive technical features to connect people and machines,” commented Chris Pearson, President of 5G Americas.
“On a worldwide basis, wireless subscriptions of all technologies grew 3.4 percent year-over-year, while North America grew by 6.9 percent and even more notably there was a 7.2 percent growth rate in the U.S.,” stated Kristin Paulin, Senior Analyst, Ovum. “LTE has hit the Americas region full-steam. LTE, and in a small part HSPA, are the only technologies growing in the entire Western Hemisphere.”
LTE connections in North America reached 253 million which covers more than half or 57 percent of all mobile connections in the region. This data compares to the next leading world regional markets of Oceania & Asia Pacific with 33 percent and Western Europe with 26 percent market share for LTE. Penetration of LTE in the U.S. was 73 percent based on the country’s population of about 322 million.
“There have been three key drivers for LTE growth in Latin America during the last 12 months: increased geographic coverage of the technology, launch of services by new operators, and greater availability of lower cost devices,” noted Jose Otero, 5G Americas Director of Latin America and the Caribbean. “Although Uruguay, Chile and Argentina continue leading the region on LTE penetration, the near future will show higher adoption rates in Costa Rica and Panama.”
Latin America and the Caribbean has the second fastest growth rate for LTE worldwide in the 1Q 2016, with a rate of 268 percent compared to the leading region of Central and Southern Asia with 352 percent growth.
Global LTE & LTE-Advanced
As a whole, LTE has grown 100% year-over-year. Thus, LTE has doubled in connections worldwide to 1.29 billion at the end of 1Q 2016 compared to 645 million at 1Q 2015.
LTE-Advanced is also gaining momentum globally; currently 118 networks in 57 countries have deployed the technology, more than doubling from 54 networks in 35 countries at year-end 2014.
5G Americas maintains a current list of LTE and LTE-Advanced deployments in the Americas on its website. For more information and to view a variety of statistical charts on the 3GPP family of technologies, visit www.5gamericas.org. Subscriber and forecast data is provided by Ovum.
About 5G Americas: The Voice of 5G and LTE for the Americas
5G 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 LTE wireless technology and its evolution beyond to 5G, throughout the ecosystem's networks, services, applications and wirelessly connected devices in the Americas. 5G Americas is invested in developing a connected wireless community while leading 5G development for all the Americas. 5G Americas is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington and officially announced the change of the organization’s name from 4G Americas on February 12, 2016. More information is available at www.5gamericas.org.
5G Americas' Board of Governors members include: América Móvil, AT&T, Cable & Wireless, Cisco, CommScope, Entel, Ericsson, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Intel, Kathrein, Mitel, Nokia, Qualcomm, Sprint, T-Mobile US, Inc. and Telefónica.
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