iPhone 5 pushes Apple to become world's second-largest LTE device maker, Samsung's lead narrows

iPhone 5 pushes Apple to become world's second-largest LTE device maker, Samsung's lead narrows
Samsung retains its leading positions as LTE vendor, but for the first time around Apple has emerged as a strong runner-up, eating up nearly 11% of Samsung’s share in the third quarter of the year. Despite only having the iPhone 5 for a short while, Apple grabbed a confident 26.7% of the market, according to researchers from Strategy Analytics.

Samsung on the other hand slipped from a commanding 50.9% share of the LTE market, to 40% in Q3 2012.

4G LTE adoption has really sped up in the United States, with all three major carriers rolling out and expanding their networks across the nation. Japan and Korea also have a quickly developing 4G market, but apart from these three, there are little other markets where LTE is widely deployed.

When it comes to the actual devices, the Samsung Galaxy S III and the iPhone 5 have been the two most influential LTE smartphones.

LG which held strong positions also slipped after the iPhone 5 launch to 9.1% market share, down from 15%.

Overall, Strategy Analytics predicts that by the end of the year there will be around 50 million LTE subscribers across the globe, a big boom over the 9 million active at the end of 2011.

source: Strategy Analytics via Yonhap, The Next Web

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9 Comments

1. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Those two again... Kinda sick of them.

2. MixMaster

Posts: 18; Member since: Nov 09, 2012

Yeah...I'm also sick of them both, black and white iphone 5's..

3. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Dont forget grey: the color of both black and white iPhone 5's after a month of usage. Well, let us quit trolling here.

4. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

That's GREAT for Apple but, how come they still need wiFi for everything; no sense in having LTE if you can't use it.

5. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

It depends on what kind of LTE it talking about. LTE in US are 3G (up to 20-30Mbits) in Europe and LTE/4G in Europe are up to 80-100Mbits, do US have LTE speeds like this?

6. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

What are the big 3? I thought there were 4.

7. Immolate

Posts: 310; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

Apple didn't take any of Samsung's LTE subscribers. Samsung continues to grow at a healthy pace. Apple simply replaced a big chunk of their 3g iPhones with 4g iPhones. The only market they're encroaching is their own. I agree that it's a good sign for Apple that they managed to avoid being fully two years behind in LTE implementation. Screen is still tiny, but hey, not as tiny as it once was. If they keep this up, they'll run out of things to copy from Android... just kidding.

8. miladkhahil

Posts: 26; Member since: Dec 08, 2008

This is one single iPhone ..... The iphone 5 alone got Apple to second place LTE ... I don't know if you guys out there understand the awesomeness of that ... I think you trolls don't know s**t ....

9. miladkhahil

Posts: 26; Member since: Dec 08, 2008

This what you guys should've said : APPLE HAS CAPTURED 26% OF GLOBAL LTE MARKET WITH JUST ONE LTE PHONE

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