BuddeComm Intelligence Report - 4G LTE and WiFi - Global Trends and Statistics


The fast growth of 4G LTE continues in 2019 and it now accounts for almost half the market share of mobile technologies worldwide. 4G LTE is expected to continue carrying most of the mobile traffic for at least the next decade - alongside a slow transition to 5G. It plays a very important role in the future of 5G as it provides the backbone for the 5G evolution.

VoLTE developments have also become more significant, given they provide the basis for developing 5G voice services. Globally, VoLTE subscriptions are growing quickly. In large markets like China, which has the world’s largest mobile market, operators are investing in technologies designed to maximise the user experience such as Rich Communication Service (RCS), Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and Near Field Communications (NFC).

The global mobile sector will also continue to benefit from Wi-Fi. It has established itself as the quiet achiever in the mobile broadband arena. Today, most heavy broadband use of smartphones and tablets takes place in homes, offices, airports, schools, universities, internet cafes and so forth - and in most of these situations the Wi-Fi networks are used for this, not the mobile networks.

The next generation networks, based on wireless technologies such as LTE, 5G and Wi-Fi as well as fibre broadband technology, are providing the building blocks for developments relating to M2M and IoT infrastructure. This will ultimately facilitate the development of the future smart cities, based on smart infrastructure.

This BuddeComm Intelligence report provides information and statistics on 4G LTE and WiFi technology including global analysis, statistics and regional comparisons. It includes country insights and statistics on the key growth markets of Brazil, Indonesia, India and China.

For information on 5G, please see separate BuddeComm report: BuddeComm Intelligence Report - 5G Global Trends and Leading Regional Countries 2019.

Key developments:

  • By 2025 4G/LTE market share will have increased to around 2/3 of the mobile subscriber base.
  • While 4G LTE continues to grow in 2019 – 3G mobile technologies are in decline.
  • Western Europe has the largest market share of Wi-Fi hotspots - however another region is expected to overtake it by around 2021.
  • China has one of the largest LTE markets in the world.

Table of Contents

  • Market overview

    • LTE and spectrum use
    • Other LTE trends
  • Global LTE statistics

  • Regional LTE observations

    • Asia
    • Europe
    • USA
    • Future growth markets
      • Brazil
      • Indonesia
      • India
  • China – the largest LTE market

    • Fourth Generation (4G) mobile
    • China and VoLTE developments
  • Global VoLTE overview

  • Global WiFi market

    • Homespots
  • Related reports

List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Global LTE subscriptions – 2012 – 2022
  • Table 2 – Global LTE network growth – 2014; 2019
  • Table 3 – 4G LTE penetration by region – 2019
  • Table 4 – Brazil - mobile broadband subscribers – 2008 – 2019
  • Table 5 – Brazil - LTE subscribers – 2013 – 2019
  • Table 6 – Brazil - LTE subscribers by operator – 2013 – 2019
  • Table 7 – Indonesia - mobile broadband subscribers and penetration (with forecast) – 2009 – 2023
  • Table 9 – India - mobile broadband subscribers and penetration (with Forecast) – 2010 – 2023
  • Table 10 – Global VoLTE subscriptions – 2017 - 2024
  • Table 11 – Global number of public Wi-Fi hotspots – 2019 - 2022
  • Table 12 – Global number of public and private homespots – 2015; 2017; 2020; 2022

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – VoLTE history: data first, voice second

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Mobile & Wireless Broadband and Media
Smart Infrastructure
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Number of pages 38

Status Archived

Last updated 3 Jul 2019
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Lead Analyst: Kylie Wansink

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