TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database has released a new set of data that reveals the United States remains the lead dog in Long Term Evolution (LTE) service adoption. In Q4 2011, domestic LTE subscribership totaled 5.6 million, or 64% of users globally. Japan claimed the coveted number 2 spot, with 1.1 million subscribers, while South Korea earned the bronze (740,000 subscribers).
U.S. LTE subscriber growth has been dramatic, as well, increasing nearly 8,000% from just 70,000 subscribers in Q4 2010, due mostly to the aggressive LTE deployment and marketing strategy of Verizon Wireless. Although the U.S. features four live LTE networks, Verizon accounts for 97% of the country’s LTE subscribers, and a staggering 62% of the global LTE user base.