Latin America, emerging Asia-Pacific region to zoom past US, Europe in 4G LTE deployments

67 LTE networks planned in Latin America, emerging Asia-Pacific region, according to Analysys Mason

Latin America and the emerging Asia-Pacific region are forecast by Analysys Mason to zoom past the United States and Western Europe in high-speed 4G LTE deployments.

Although North America (28 LTE networks operational) and Western Europe (41 LTE networks operational) have taken the earlier lead in deployment of 4G LTE networks, which enable mobile broadband, Latin America (32 LTE networks planned) and the emerging Asia-Pacific (35 LTE networks planned) have the highest number of planned 4G LTE networks, according to the research firm.

According to Analysys Mason stats, Western Europe leads the world in operational LTE networks with 41 while North America is second with 28 operational LTE networks. However, the situation is much different when it comes to planned LTE networks. The emerging Asia-Pacific region leads with 35 planned LTE networks while Latin America places second at 32 planned LTE networks.

"Strong support for LTE in APAC and LATAM will start to offset the early influence that European and North American operators (some of which have a 2- or 3-year head start on deploying the technology) have had on the device and network vendors. We expect a more-balanced global LTE market to emerge by 2018, in which markets such as Brazil, India and Russia will each account for 5 percent of LTE connections worldwide," explained Analysys Mason.

Ericsson (NYSE: ERIC), Huawei, Nokia Solutions and Networks (NYSE: NOK), Samsung and ZTE are demonstrating network upgrade and transition options, including LTE overlay and single radio-access-network products, the research firm noted.

For more:
- see Analysys Mason's release

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