Telecom Lead America: North America dominates the LTE
market with 10.8 million LTE subscriptions, more than two-thirds of the global
subscriber base as of March 2012.
The U.S. has about 10.5 million LTE connections, while
Canada contributes nearly 300,000 connections as of the first quarter 2012.
There are now 221 commercial HSPA+ networks in 107
countries including 80 commercial HSPA+ Dual-Carrier networks in 46 countries
with peak theoretical uplink rates of 42 Mbps.
“With over 220 HSPA+ deployments around the world
providing fast mobile broadband connections, it is both logical and impressive
to see the tremendous momentum of LTE now taking place to provide an even more
robust and efficient experience,” said Chris Pearson, president of 4G
The Americas region will exceed 250 million 3GPP mobile
broadband subscriptions by the end of 2012; that number is expected to more
than double by 2015, and is forecasted to reach more than 700 million subscriptions
Latin America has 80 commercial deployments of HSPA in 34
countries, and of those, 36 have been upgraded to HSPA+ in 21 countries. Entel
and Movistar in Chile and Personal in Paraguay have deployed HSPA+ Dual-Carrier
at peak theoretical uplink speeds of 42 Mbps.
There are 6 commercial LTE networks in 4 countries in
Latin America (Brazil, Colombia, Puerto Rico and Uruguay) and Informa expects
about 300,000 LTE connections by the end of 2012.
North America has 17 commercial deployments of HSPA: 7 in
the U.S. and 10 in Canada. Of those, 5 have been upgraded to HSPA+ in the U.S.
and 8 have been upgraded to HSPA+ in Canada. T-Mobile USA has deployed HSPA+
There are 8 commercial LTE networks in the U.S. and 3 in
Today, LTE is commercial on 74 networks in 40 countries
with more than 110 commercial networks expected by the end of 2012. Based upon
public announcements, there are more than 334 operators committed to LTE in
their future plans: 73 in trial; 187 planned (including 40 more launches in
2012); 59 potential licenses; and 15 licenses awarded.