A research by global telecom body GSMA Intelligence revealed today that Asia is expected to account for 47 per cent of all 4G-LTE connections, while the number of 4G-LTE connections worldwide is forecast to pass one billion by 2017.
In the United States, LTE networks already cover more than 90 per cent of the population, compared to 47 per cent population coverage in Europe and 10 per cent in Asia.
Half of total mobile connections in South Korea are now running on LTE networks — compared to 20 per cent in Japan and the United States — making South Korea the most advanced LTE market worldwide.
The new study by GSMA Intelligence predicts that in less than four years time one in every eight mobile connections will be using high-speed LTE services. This will be accompanied by a doubling in the number of networks offering the higher speeds, with 465 providers predicted across 128 countries.
“Since the launch of the first commercial 4G-LTE networks in late 2009 we are seeing deployments accelerate across the globe. Our new report highlights a number of factors that are driving LTE growth: the timely allocation of suitable spectrum to mobile operators; the availability of affordable LTE devices; and the implementation of innovative tariffs that encourage adoption of high-speed data services. Mobile operators in both developed and developing markets are seeing LTE services contributing to a significant increase in ARPU,” commented Hyunmi Yang, Chief Strategy Officer at the GSMA.
According to the research, LTE users consume 1.5GB of data per month on average2 – almost twice the average amount consumed by non-LTE users. Moreover, in developing economies, operators have noted that LTE users can generate ARPU seven to 20 times greater than non-LTE users. In developed markets, operators have found that LTE can generate an ARPU uplift ranging from 10 per cent to 40 per cent.