2014 LTE Coverage: 30% of World’s Population

The total number of subscribers for LTE and LTE Advanced is expected to grow to nearly 411 million and 22 million, respectively, by year’s end, according to ABI analysts Jake Saunders and Cheri Wong.

About 337 mobile networks worldwide already have deployed LTE with LTE network coverage expected to cover more than 30% of the world’s population by the end of 2014. ABI estimates that nearly 482 million LTE handsets will be shipped in 2014, up by nearly 150 million units from the previous year. It expects that number will grow to 1.34 billion by the end of 2019.

Ericsson’s Mobility Report guesses world-wide mobile subscriptions will reach 9.3 billion by 2019, with more than 60% of these – 5.6 billion – smartphones.

LTE Advanced provides carrier aggregation and heterogeneous network capabilities, where low-power small cells can be coordinated with the macro network.

Smartphone makers shipped 301.5 million devices during the second quarter of 2014, reports IDC. Of those, Android accounted for a commanding 84.7% of the worldwide smartphone market, up from 79.6% a year-ago.

Apple’s iOS platform shipped only 35.2 million of the 301.3 million devices, giving it a share of 11.7%. That’s down from 13% a year-ago. Windows Phone and BlackBerry are barely holding on. Microsoft and Nokia shipped 7.4 million Windows Phones during the second quarter, down from the 8.2 million shipped a year-ago.

MarketsandMarkets forecasts the global Wi-Fi Market to grow from $12.89 billion in 2014 to $26.19 billion by 2019. North America is expected to be the biggest market, while Asia pacific and Latin America are expected to grow quickly. The global outdoor Wi-Fi market revenue is forecasted to reach $37.2 billion in 2018 from $15.41 billion in 2013, at an estimated CAGR of 15.8%.

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