Global LTE Subscriptions Doubles In Q1 2016; Reaches 1.29 Bn

Global-LTE-Subscriptions-Doubles-In-Q1-2016;-Reaches-1.29-BnGSA, the Global mobile Suppliers Association has revealed that the number of LTE and LTE-Advanced subscriptions reached 1.29 billion worldwide by 31 March 2016.

Over 645 million LTE subscriptions worldwide were gained during the past year, representing 100 percent annual growth.

GSA has confirmed that global  LTE subscription continues to grow faster than any other mobile communications system technology. LTE gained 182 million connections in Q1 2016, almost 4 times faster than 3G/HSPA systems. 3G/HSPA subscriptions grew by 48 million while GSM subscriptions fell by 120 million in the same quarter.

The number of global LTE and LTE-Advanced subscriptions is expected to pass the 3G/WCDMA-HSPA global total in 2020, and possibly sooner.

Alan Hadden, vice president, GSA said, “LTE subscriptions were signed up during Q1 2016 at an average of 2 million per day and the rate is accelerating. LTE is now connecting over 1 in 6 mobile subscribers worldwide (17.4 percent).”

The Asia region, with over 734 million LTE subscriptions, further grew its share of global LTE subscriptions quarter on quarter to reach 56.9 percent. By March 2016, China had passed 511 million LTE subscriptions, adding 96.3 million in the quarter. North America remains the second largest LTE market with 253 million, though its share of the world market further declined 2.6 percent in the quarter to 19.6 percent of the global total. The European share of the global total is 14 percent.

Strong growth was recorded again in the Latin America and Caribbean region to reach 67 million 4G/LTE subscriptions. 11.1 million LTE subscriptions were added in the Middle East region in Q1 to reach 46.6 million. Russia has 16.7 million LTE subscriptions, Africa has 9 million LTE subscriptions, and India has almost 4 million.

Global LTE Market Share
Region – Market Share (%age)
Asia – 56.9
North America – 19.6
Europe – 14
Latin American and Caribbean – 5.2
MEA – 4.3
Source: GSA

503 operators have commercially launched LTE systems in 167 countries, according to GSA announced at the end of May 2016. GSA forecasts there will be at least 550 commercially launched LTE networks by end 2016.

More than 1 in 3 operators are investing in LTE-Advanced system deployments. Around 25 percent of LTE operators have commercially launched LTE-Advanced service including several LTE operators who are now introducing LTE-Advanced Pro technologies, sometimes referred to as 4.5G, which is established as a major industry trend in 2016.

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