How many LTE devices will be used in coming years - depends who you ask. A new research by A recent report by Jake Saunders (pictured), VP Forecasting, and Phil Solis, Research Director, ABI Research tries to answer [see other forecasts below].
ABI's report finds that "Apple’s iPhone 5 and Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones have provided LTE-enabled handset shipments a substantial lift in 2012 – even if it has not necessarily assisted the 4G mobile operators with “each and every” LTE handset sold .. All this purchasing momentum is expected to have boosted LTE-enabled handsets to 91 million units by YE-2012 and the balance coming from other mobile devices. Almost 95% of handsets shipped can be attributed to the North American and Asia-Pacific market .. only 3.35 million media tablets shipped with LTE since the majority of media tablet purchasers are proving price sensitive and happy to settle for Wi-Fi-only".
“New sign-ups and conversion of 3G subscribers with LTE-capable handsets should gather pace in 2013 and 2014. By 2017 we are anticipating 785 LTE million subscribers, up from 58 million at the end of 2012 – generating US$14 billion in annual service revenues”.
- [GIA]: 1.5B LTE Subscribers by 2018 - here
- [iSuppli] 1.2B(!) LTE Subscribers by 2016 - here.
- [Pyramid]: 802M LTE Subscribers by 2017; US, Japan and South Korea Lead - here.
See "An Estimated 103 Million 4G LTE Mobile Devices Shipped in 2012" - here.