4G Americas reports North America led the world by increasing its high ranking in LTE market share to 44 percent compared to a global market share for LTE of 9 percent. Latin America led the world in the growth rate of LTE connections with an impressive 396 percent growth increase year-over-year. Key points are summarized in the infographic for 1Q 2015 industry growth statistics.
“North America continues to prove its leadership in LTE with metrics such as population coverage, share of market and penetration,” commented Chris Pearson, President of 4G Americas. “This foreshadows the future of mobile broadband in the Americas and the important influence that LTE carries as it helps lay the foundation for 5G in 2020 and beyond.”
LTE has a 44 percent share of market of all mobile wireless connections in North America; this compares to the next highest ranking regions, Western Europe at 16 percent and Asia Pacific at 13 percent. Penetration of LTE in North America is at 50 percent compared to Western Europe at 21 percent and Asia Pacific at 14 percent (penetration represents the number of LTE connections as a percentage of the population). North America far exceeds all other world regions.
LTE-Advanced is now being deployed across operators’ footprints in North America, offering performance and spectral advantages through Carrier Aggregation and customer benefits such as improved speeds.