LTE: Q2 2015 Americas
Much attention may have been turned to 5G, but 4G LTE networks are still being deployed across the globe. LTE, which will provide the basis for forthcoming 5G networks, has come a long way in the past year alone.
There are currently 755 million total LTE connections worldwide, according to data from 4G Americas and Ovum Ltd. . North America increased its 4G connection base by 49% in the past year to reach 197 million, giving LTE a 47.5% share of the total cellular connections in the region at the end of the second quarter of 2015.
Latin America was the region with the fastest growth in the past year, with a year-on-year increase of 324% to take its total 4G connections to 22.5 million.
Now the race is on for which country will deploy 5G capabilities first and fastest. The Asian operators have been the most aggressive so far, but Verizon Wireless recently promised it would field test 5G with some commercial deployment in 2017. (See Verizon & Partners to Field Test 5G in 2016 and Q&A: SK Telecom Talks All Things 5G.)
In the meantime, check out the following infographic, from 4G Americas, for the latest global facts and figures for 4G LTE.