245 mn 4G LTE Connections in Latin America by 2020

245-mn-4G-LTE-Connections-in-Latin-America-by-20204G will account for 245 million connections in Latin America by 2020 as per GSMA report on Latin America.

4G currently accounts for a single digit share of mobile connections in Latin America, but GSMA Intelligence expects 4G to account for more than one in four connections by 2020. Total mobile connections in Latin America are forecast to grow from 709 million at the end of 2014 to 889 million by 2020, with 4G accounting for 28 percent by this point.

4G LTE networks will cover more than three-quarters of Latin America by 2020, according to new data from GSMA Intelligence published at Mobile World Congress today, a result of accelerating 4G deployments across the region. The new data calculates that 4G coverage will be available to 76 percent of the Latin American population by the end of 2020, up from 35 percent at the end of 2014.

Capital Expenditure (Capex) by mobile operators in Latin America is increasing significantly and is forecast to reach a cumulative $193 billion in the seven-year period between 2014 and 2020. Latin American operators invested almost S$8 billion in spectrum licenses in 2012-2015, primarily to support 4G deployments.

The total amount of spectrum assigned to mobile services since 2012 was 1,472 MHz, in the 700 MHz, 850 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz, AWS (Advanced Wireless Services- 1700-2100 MHz), and 2.6 GHz bands.

As well as expanding 3G/4G coverage reach, the migration to higher-speed mobile broadband networks is also being driven by increasing smartphone adoption. Smartphones accounted for 32 percent of Latin America connections in 2014 and is expected to account for 68 percent of the total by 2020. By this point, Latin America will have the second-highest installed base of smartphones in the world, behind only Asia Pacific.

Mobile is considered the primary method of accessing the Internet for many of the Latin American population, particularly for those in rural areas. The number of mobile broadband connections surpassed fixed broadband connections in the region in 2011. This is the case in the five largest Latin American markets, including in Brazil, where there are over five times more mobile broadband than fixed broadband connections.

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