U.S. Takes Global LTE Lead – Mostly Thanks to Verizon Wireless
According to new data from Pyramid Research, the United States should account for around 47% of all global LTE connections by the end of this year. The 7 million United States connections are a combination of contributions from AT&T, Verizon Wireless and MetroPCS. With MetroPCS LTE service kind of LTE light, and AT&T having launched LTE in just five markets so far, the lion’s share of those numbers are thanks to Verizon Wireless, which will soon surpass 178 total LTE markets. Again thanks largely to Verizon, Pyramid says U.S. sales of devices with embedded LTE radios should top 5.4 million units in 2011, representing 71% of LTE devices sold globally. With both Clearwire and Sprint joining the LTE party in 2012 — in addition to AT&T’s build — those numbers should all balloon substantially.
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