LTE subscriptions reached 755 million worldwide at end June, according to a study for GSA by Ovum. For the first time, LTE exceeded 10 percent (10.44%) of the worldwide subscription total for all mobile technologies. GSA expects over 1 billion LTE subscriptions worldwide by the end of the year.
Around 441 million LTE subscriptions were added in the year to end June, for an annual growth of 140 percent. In the quarter, the number of LTE subscriptions increased by 113.5 million, over 52 percent higher than for 3G/WCDMA-HSPA which gained 74.4 million. GSM subscriptions fell by over 98 million in the quarter.
APAC increased its share of global LTE subscriptions to 51.2 percent. North America has almost 200 million LTE subscriptions (198 million) and remains the second largest LTE market, though its share reduced to 26.2 percent of the global total compared with 42.4 percent the year before. The European share remained at around 16 percent and the total number of LTE subscriptions across Western Europe markets passed 100 million.