Issue #25   •   Quarter 3/4 Edition   •   December 2018


2014Q1-news 4g-lteLatest study released by GSMA Intelligence shows that the number of 4G-LTE connections worldwide is expected to grow to one billion by 2017. By 2017, it is expected that LTE will account for about one in eight billion total mobile connections forecast by that point, up from 176 million LTE connections at the end of 2013. Nearly 500 LTE networks are expected to be in service across 128 countries, roughly double the number of live LTE networks today. “Since the launch of the first commercial 4G-LTE networks in late 2009 we are seeing deployments accelerate across the globe,” Yang chief strategy officer, at GSMA said. “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.”