LTE is set for dynamic growth this year. Connection volumes are expected to rise by 900%, to 90 million, by the end of 2012. Meanwhile, LTE smartphones, outgrowing their early core markets in the U.S., Japan, and South Korea, are also forecast to see a dramatic rise, reaching more than a billion connections by 2017. Strategy Analytics Wireless Operator Strategies service, in its latest release, “Worldwide Cellular User Forecasts: 2012-2017,” predicts that LTE, which enjoys overwhelming support from global operators as their 4G upgrade path, will account for 15 percent of all mobile connections in 2017, an upward path that outpaces GSM (which took 12 years to reach one billion connections) and WCDMA (projected to take 11 years to reach the billion mark).
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