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Global LTE connections to hit 322 million this year, 1.6 billion in 2017
Dream of the day when spotty 4G LTE connections are but a thing of the past? It may not happen soon enough for your liking, but faster and wider LTE deployments in the U.S. and in other parts of the world are expected in 2013.
The latest “Worldwide Cellular Forecast and Outlook” report from Strategy Analytics predicts that the worldwide adoption rate for LTE will hit 322 million this year, up from the 88 million LTE connections that were recorded at the end of 2012. The number is expected to grow even further to 1.6 billion in 2017.
Phil Kendal, one of the directors of the analytics firm and the author of the report, said that the Apple iPhone 5 helped propel the surge in Q4 2012. The phone will also play a part in the “doubling of global LTE coverage from 11 percent of the world’s population at the end of 2012 to 22 percent by end 2013.”
According to the report, the three biggest LTE markets in 2012 were South Korea, USA, and Japan. Oddly enough, there’s no mention of how the 100 million sold units of the Samsung Galaxy S series helped contribute to the growth.
Speed is important, but we’re also looking forward to see new LTE technology being introduced in the future that will be more forgiving on the smartphone’s battery.