ABI Research today said LTE subscriptions reached 229.7 million in 2013.
TD-LTE, a technology used by telecom operator like Airtel, accounted for 5 percent of the global LTE market, while 94.2 percent of the LTE market was taken up by FD-LTE in 2013.
LTE connections will grow at a CAGR of 43.6 percent between 2013 and 2019 to exceed 2 billion, ABI Research predicted. This forecast is substantially higher than the forecast of 4G Americas and GSMA.
Among the LTE subscription growth, Asia-Pacific contributes with a 49 percent market share and North America with an 18 percent share.
Growth driver in Asia includes rapid LTE network deployment and cost-competitive smartphones.
ABI Research forecasts that LTE-Advanced subscribers will grow to 750 million in 2019 accounting for 37.3 percent of overall LTE subscribers.
North America will be the most aggressive LTE-Advanced market, followed by Asia-Pacific and Western Europe.
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