163 LTE networks now operating in 70 countries.
Research firm Wireless Intelligence has revealed that there are now 100 million 4G LTE connections across the globe, Mobile World Live has reported.
According to the research specialist, there are now 163 LTE networks operating in 70 countries. Furthermore, these figures are expected to increase to more than 400 networks in 120 countries by the end of 2017.
Operators in countries such as Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea and the US have so far been principle drivers of this industry growth, with Wireless Intelligence stating that these nations account for 90 per cent of the international LTE connections market.
“Around 100 LTE networks have launched last year globally and as many are expected to launch this year,” Joss Gillet, senior analyst at Wireless Intelligence, told Mobile World Live. “Even if the 4G LTE global market is still in its infancy, mobile operators worldwide are eager to replicate the success stories seen in the US where operators have already started turning the page over the 2G chapter”.
Gillet predicts that there will be in excess of 900 million LTE connections globally by December 2017, reaching one billion in the first half of 2018.