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LTE accounts for 7% of all North American mobile connections

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In just two years LTE has come a long way. At the end of the third quarter there were 21.5 million LTE connections in the U.S. and Canada, accounting for 7 percent of all North American mobile subscriptions, according to new data from Wireless Intelligence, the research arm of the GSM Association.

In fact, nearly half (48 percent) of all global LTE devices reside on one of the U.S. or Canada’s 15 live LTE networks. Europe has been much slower to adopt the new 4G technology, while LTE activity in Asia has been confined primarily to South Korea and Japan.

The U.S. accounts for 20.5 million of those 4G subscribers, while Canada’s networks host about 1 million. And of those U.S. subscribers, three-quarters or 14.9 million reside with Verizon Wireless(s vz)(s vod). Verizon was not only the first major global operator to launch LTE, it has rolled its network out surprisingly fast. It now offers 4G in well over 400 markets.

LTE image courtesy of Shutterstock user Inq

3 Responses to “LTE accounts for 7% of all North American mobile connections”

    • Kevin Fitchard

      Hi John,

      Since the numbers only go up to the end of Q3, there was only a few weeks of sales of the iPhone 5. Still the carriers did do brisk business those weeks. The vast majority of LTE connections for this period though were for Android smartphones