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LTE: Heating Up the Global Mobile Market
Sep 20, 2013

By 2016, more than 2.6 billion new data-hungry mobile devices are expected to hit the market. With the unprecedented shift from PCs to smartphones, we’re now seeing an evolution of Internet user behavior. Instead of surfing the internet at home or on the office computer, people are surfing the web and interacting with online, real-time content via mobile devices.


This behavior has spurred an increase demand for bandwidth and mobile operators are fortifying their networks today by adding LTE capabilities. Globally, mobile operators already have or are planning to migrate to LTE from slower connections like 3G, but many carriers have yet to migrate fully to LTE.


The infographic below shows trends in global LTE adoption, with country comparisons so we can see where we need to improve the mobile experience. A few highlights include:


  • LTE growth in the U.S. increased by 22% in 2012
  • The highest penetration of LTE is in South Korea, with the U.S. coming in fourth place at 19% global share
  • LTE subscription growth patterns globally from 2011-2012


Bloomberg has additional commentary on the global mobile market – click here to read the article and let us know what you think in the comment below. Is LTE adoption where you expected it to be?


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