US tops the LTE game worldwide thanks to Verizon's network, but Asia LTE about to explode

US tops the LTE game worldwide thanks to Verizon's network, but Asia LTE about to explode
Verizon's LTE network was the biggest undertaking of its kind worldwide and now has more than 3 million subscribers, placing North America on top of the LTE game worldwide.

Granted, LTE pioneers like TeliaSonera in Sweden are already testing LTE Advanced with up to 1Gbps download speeds, but their scale is just not that massive.

The chart below from TeleGeography visualizes the trends in LTE deployment for the next few years, and some not so surprising developments are expected.

While LTE is used currently by only a fraction of all mobile subscribers, as you can see from the shortish bars below, it is about to proliferate much faster in places like Asia than in North America, due to the sheer size of the markets.

In 2016, LTE subscribers in Asia are expected to hit 200 million, with the current leader North America close to the 80 millionth mark. Still, we'd wager to say that North America, and Verizon in particular, will continue to hold the "most expensive" title in the world of LTE networks.

source: TeleGeography via SlashGear

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5 Comments

1. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Lte advanced is capable of 1gbps. Well that clears that up for me. Vzw ftw:)

2. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

This is my confusion. China is going 2.6MHz LTE Advanced. Yet the rest of the world is pushing for other frequencies. China has now past the US as the largest consumer of cell phones. It is only a matter of time when the cell phone manufactures are going to be tired of making one version for one country and one version for another. They are going lean to the largest "consumer" and it will be that consumer that will get all the latest coolest features on their phones. The world is going to have to start listening to China, if they like it or not. China has the numbers.

4. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

numbers do not mean anything which is why there will probably always be a difference somehow. China may have influence but that does not mean that just because they embrace something the rest of the world will. The US will always be somewhat of a counterpoint to anything developed in China because of trust and a host of other issues that are too numerous to name. China has the numbers and always will (who else but India can compete with a billion plus consumers). But that just does not mean the world will simply follow their lead because of it. Though I will say this, it would be nice to have some sort of universal standard (like wifi) that just works everywhere regardless of what type of device you have. That way the compatibility concerns can seriously go out the window. Besides, no one likes a bunch of different so called standards.

3. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

In 2016, the U.S. and Canada will have more than 80 million LTE subs - APPLE will see to that.

5. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

apple?.....right

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