Worldwide LTE-related subscriptions reached 229.7 million in 2013, and
will continually grow at a CAGR of 43.6% between 2013 and 2019, to
exceed 2 billion. By the end of 2013, LTE-TDD subscribers accounted for
5% of the LTE market, while 94.2% of the LTE market was taken up by
"Among the LTE subscription growth, Asia-Pacific contributes the most
with a 49% market share. The second greatest contributor is North
America with an 18% share," comments Marina Lu, research associate at
ABI Research. "The large population base in Asia combined with rapid LTE
network deployment and cost-competitive smartphones has accelerated the
remarkable subscriber adoption."
All the major mobile operators are showing their commitments to carrier
aggregation capable LTE-Advanced technology, which can better handle the
anticipated explosion in mobile data traffic with greater bandwidth. ABI
Research forecasts that LTE-Advanced subscribers will grow to 750
million in 2019 accounting for 37.3% of overall LTE subscribers. North
America will be the most aggressive LTE-Advanced market, followed by
Asia-Pacific and Western Europe. "Remarkably, the South Korean
Operators, SK Telecom and LG U+, commercially launhed LTE-Advanced
networks in June 2013 and by the end of 2013, SK Telecom gained more
than 1 million LTE-Advanced subscribers, which equates to 10% of all its
LTE subscribers," adds Jake Saunders, VP and practice director.
The growth of LTE subscribers has also boosted ARPU, because they are
bigger spenders than their 3G and 2G counterparts by 35%. In order to
revive traditional voice service revenues, many operators are keen to
launch, deploy, or trial Voice over LTE (VoLTE) services as LTE network
population coverage heads towards majority population coverage. Global
VoLTE subscriptions are expected to surpass 1.09 billion in 2019, of
which 34.2% are from Asia-Pacific and 27% from North America.
ABI Research's quarterly updated "Mobile Subscribers" Market Data,
profiles mobile subscriber adoption by operator, country, technology,
device type, and subscriber market share and is part of our Mobile
Subscribers Research Service (https://www.abiresearch.com/research/service/mobile-subscribers/).
ABI Research provides in-depth analysis and quantitative forecasting of
trends in global connectivity and other emerging technologies. From
offices in North America, Europe and Asia, ABI Research's worldwide team
of experts advises thousands of decision makers through 70+ research and
advisory services. Est. 1990. For more information visit www.abiresearch.com,
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