Mobile LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) subscriptions are expected to rise at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 295% during 2013-2018 to reach 500 million subscribers, a report from ABI Research has suggested.
The 500 million subscribers during the period will account for 34% of the total 1.47 billion LTE-related subscriptions in 2018.
According to the report, the LTE subscriptions for the first quarter of 2013 grew by 37.5% quarter-on-quarter to 108 million subscribers.
In North America, LTE-A is expected to be commercially launched by the end of 2013, and the region is expected to be the most aggressive market for LTE-A during forecast period reaching 220 million subscribers by 2018, followed by Asia-Pacific and Western Europe.
"SK Telecom is aggregating two frequency bands in the 850 MHz and 1800 MHz bands to commercially launch its LTE-A services in September 2013. All the signs indicate it is on schedule to do so."
The report reveals that the increase in mobile data traffic and a need for greater bandwidth, carrier aggregation, can help operators to build greater transmission capacity, while reducing pressure on legacy spectrum assets.
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