5G Americas, the industry trade association and voice of 5G and LTE for the Americas, has announced that global LTE connections grew 59 percent from June 2016 to June 2017 reaching 2.37 billion, the company said.
The LTE market share compared to all other mobile wireless technologies reached 30 percent at the end of the second quarter of 2017, an increase of 10 percentage points in one year. There was an increase of 878 million new LTE subscriptions in one year according to data from Ovum for the second quarter of 2017.
The North America region achieved 327 million LTE subscriptions by the end of June 2017 with some of the highest penetration rates, most extensive coverage and largest market share for LTE in the world. Latin America nearly doubled LTE connections to 159 million from 81.5 million year-over-year at 2Q 2017 increasing by 95 percent.
New LTE deployments continue and as of mid-August TeleGeography (GlobalComm) reported 551 commercial LTE deployments worldwide, while 206 of those operators have already evolved to LTE-Advanced.
5G Americas´ Board of Governors members include: AmÃ©rica MÃ³vil, AT&T, Cable & Wireless, Cisco, CommScope, Entel, Ericsson, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Intel, Kathrein, Mavenir, Nokia, Qualcomm, Samsung, Sprint, T-Mobile US, Inc. and TelefÃ³nica.