A rapid uptake of 4G LTE mobile technology in the next five years, with active connections crossing the 1 billion mark in 2017 and reaching 1.8 billion by 2019 has been forecast by Juniper Research.
This figure will represent 22% of the global active mobile SIM connections by 2019 .
According to a new report from Juniper, ‘4G LTE: Subscribers, Smartphones, Base Stations and Service Revenue 2014-2019’, finds that, with the rate of LTE network commitments and roll-outs at an all-time high, network and device vendors have significantly improved their position to offer products and solutions to network operators.
The GSA (Global Mobile Suppliers Association) confirmed that 168 manufacturers have announced 1,889 LTE-enabled user devices, including operator and frequency variants, along with 300 commercial network launches.
Nearly one in three smartphones shipped this year will be LTE-enabled with manufacturers expected to ship more 4G-enabled devices relative to 2G/3G devices.
“TD-LTE will play a significant role, especially in the emerging markets, pushed by China Mobile’s need to support TD-LTE and accelerate its commercial deployment in China. There are 36 commercial TD-LTE networks and we expect active TD-LTE connections to demonstrate a higher annual growth rate when compared to FD-LTE (Frequency Division) over the next five years,” noted report author Nitin Bhas.