There are currently over 5.6 billion mobile phones active in the world, but LTE subscriptions will make up less than 1 percent of all mobile phone subscriptions by end-2012. The availability of LTE on the iPhone 5, as well as other factors, will push LTE adoption to grow to almost 10 percent of global mobile subscriptions by 2017, according to a report from Global Information (GII).
The report also predicts that, although LTE subscription penetration in the Asia-Pacific region will remain lower than the global average, two countries in the region, namely Japan and South Korea, are leaders in LTE adoption, surpassed only by the US in current and expected new subscriptions in the next three years. By 2017, China and Indonesia will be important growth markets. Latin America will also continue to show lower LTE penetration than the global average. Almost 7 percent of mobile subscriptions in Brazil are forecast to use LTE technology by 2017, making the regional giant an important driver of global growth in LTE, despite lower than average adoption.
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