Worldwide LTE subscriptions hit 1 billion in less than six years

In Daily News Briefs by Wireless Estimator

According to CCS Insight, statistics obtained from market metrics firm The Mobile World, worldwide LTE subscriptions have surpassed 1 billion this month.

LTE-1BillionIt took fewer than six years for LTE to reach this milestone, having taken 3G more than eight years and 2G services more than a dozen.

Mobile World said first generation analog-based wireless services never surpassed 100 million users.

CCS Insight states that just a few markets can be credited with jump-starting the 1 billion milestone. It noted that China Mobile, the world’s largest operator by subscriber count of 250 million subscriptions, achieved an impressive 4G roll-out after receiving its TD-LTE license in Dec. 2013.

Research from the GSMA predicts that LTE connections in China will reach 1 billion in 2020, or two-thirds of the global total.

Nokia Networks and China Mobile announced today a framework agreement for mobile communications equipment and services valued at more than $1 billion for their 4G network rollout.

China Tower Corp. announced this month that it created a consortium with China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom whereby the group will own a staggering 1.5 million towers.