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, according to ABI’s latest research. By the end of 2013, LTE-TDD subscribers accounted for 5% of the LTE market, with 94.2% using Frequency Division LTE (LTE-FDD).
“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.
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. According to a 2012 forecast by Yankee Group, China, India, Europe, the U.S. will boast more than 134 million TD-LTE connections by 2016. Yankee also said China will have 106 million TD-LTE devices by 2016.
South Korean Operators, SK Telecom and LG U+, commercially launched LTE-Advanced networks in June 2013 and by the end of 2013, SK Telecom gained more than 1 million LTE-Advanced subscribers, or 10% of all its LTE subscribers,” adds Jake Saunders, VP and practice director. Some 800,000 TD-LTE base stations around the world will cover 3 billion people this year with 150 million LTE terminals expected to be sold this year, according to the Global TD-LTE Initiative. GSMA earlier said the combined LTE subscriber base (TD & FD) will pass one billion by 2017.
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.