The latest 4G Americas data puts the total number of 3GPP mobile subscriptions at 5.2 Billion, accounting for 90% of all mobile phone users.
LTE represents only 3.8 million of those subscriptions, or less than 1%, but these are still early days for the technology, says the Global mobile Suppliers Association, where LTE is described as “the fastest developing mobile system technology ever”.
According to a report by ABI research out of the 110 networks ABI looked at just 10 operators (9 percent) have 4G LTE networks up and running.
Another 58 (53 percent) either have plans to roll out LTE networks or are currently conducting trials. Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore have already deployed 4G networks while Australia, Japan, and South Korea are currently in the process.