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Long-term evolution (LTE) was becoming the fastest-developing system in the history of mobile communications, with estimations that it would cover 50% of the world’s population by 2018.

Communications group Ericsson’s latest ‘Mobility Report’ is forecasting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 75% over the next five years, with LTE networks forecast to boast 1.6-billion mobile LTE subscriptions.

The total number of LTE mobile subscriptions rose from 9-million a year ago, to 55-million by the third quarter, with 13-million new subscribers alone during the last quarter, said Ericsson head of strategic marketing, intelligence and networks Patrik Cerwall.

The report, which was formerly known as the 'Traffic and Market' report, stated that, currently, it was estimated that LTE coverage reached about 455-million of the population during the third quarter of this year, up from the 315-million in the first quarter.

In South Africa, Vodacom launched the country’s first commercial LTE network last month, while MTN said it would follow suit by year-end. Smaller operators, such as Cell C and 8ta, have also indicated that they planned to roll out LTE services in the near future.

The Ericsson report stated that, globally, third-generation (3G) technologies such as WCDMA/HSPA remained ahead of LTE in absolute terms with the addition of 65-million new subscribers during the third quarter. 3G was expected to increase its coverage to 85% of the population, from the current 50%, and record a 25% CAGR from 1.2-billion mobile 3G subscriptions in 2012, to 4.4-billion in 2018.

2G technology, such as GSM/EDGE coverage, was expected to increase from 85% of the population recorded in 2011, to 90% in 2017, despite the number of mobile subscriptions for these services declining at a CAGR of 10% from the current 4.6-billion, to 2.4-billion by 2018. Only 20-million new subscribers were added during the period under review.

Geographically, only sparsely populated regions remained to be covered by 2G, while the continuing demand for Internet access and user experience, as well as the increasing affordability of smartphones would drive 3G penetration, Ericsson pointed out.

The Mobility Report also stated that global mobile penetration reached 91% during the third quarter of this year, compared with the 87% recorded in the first quarter.

Mobile penetration in Africa rose to 67%, from the first-quarter penetration of 55%. China and India mobile penetration rose to 81% and 72%, respectively, from 69% and 70%, respectively.

Mobile subscriptions globally reached 6.4-billion, up from 6.2-billion in 2011. This was expected to reach 6.6-billion by the end of the year and 9.3-billion by 2018.

Further, mobile broadband subscriptions were forecast to jump from 1.5-billion in 2012, to 6.5-billion in the next five years.

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Do you think these growths will boost the economy ?

5 blog comments below

Communication, technologies/insfractuture and transportation will always boost the economy because they are the basis of the economy
zaxacongrejo on Fri Nov 23, 2012 5:32 am
I accept !
But are those just enough to make an economy better one ?
andro_king on Fri Nov 23, 2012 5:33 am
Oh hell no not even enough to start anything but they are essential
In this specific case i guess is all about money
Or better said its all about the return of the investment company’s do will have to do or already done
Which means, if they have the right teams with the greatest professionals I believe inevitably
Profits will increase, leading us to an economic located boost
But because we are talking about this specific subject and not just all communication tech
E believe math’s should care more about integration timings ,capabilities etc
Profit has been already assured before the trade it self
zaxacongrejo on Fri Nov 23, 2012 7:01 am
Perfect ! Smile
andro_king on Fri Nov 23, 2012 7:52 am
Anyone here is using 4G LTE ?
andro_king on Mon Nov 26, 2012 7:16 pm

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