According to latest data from Wireless Intelligence, there are now 100 million LTE connections around the world.
All these connections are spread across 163 networks in 70 countries, and the forecast is that there will be more than 400 live networks across 120 countries by December 2017.
Industry growth has been primarily driven by operators in Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea and the US — which are the five countries that represent 90% of the global LTE connections market.
The US is especially interesting market as there are some operators which have started turning the page over the 2G chapter, according to Joss Gillet, senior analyst at Wireless Intelligence.
He went on to predict the industry surpassing 900 million LTE connections globally by December 2017, with the 1 billion milestone achieved in the first half of 2018.