Global LTE subscriptions forecast 2018-2023

The statistic shows a forecast for the number of 4G/LTE subscriptions worldwide from 2018 to 2023. In 2019, the number of LTE subscriptions is forecast to reach 4.7 billion.

LTE subscriptions worldwide – additional information

The mobile technology market is expected to change in the coming years. GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications), which has been the most popular mobile/wireless technology over the last few years, is forecast to decline as the HSPA (High Speed Packet Access) and LTE (Long-Term Evolution) technologies gain market share. While the number of mobile connections using GSM is forecast to decline from three billion in 2016 to 1.2 billion in 2020, the number of HSPA connections is expected to slightly increase from 2.3 billion in 2016 to 2.9 billion by 2020. Meanwhile, the number of LTE subscriptions is forecast to considerably increase in the coming years from one billion in 2015 to four billion by 2020. LTE is forecast to become the most popular mobile technology in the world by 2020, projected to account for about 50 percent of the market. HSPA is estimated to hold a share of 35 percent of global mobile subscriptions, while GSM’s share is forecast to drop to 15 percent.

As of June of 2016, the Asia Pacific region accounted for 57 percent of all global LTE subscribers, and the U.S./Canada region held about 20 percent of the market share. In 2015, China’s share of all 4G LTE subscribers worldwide stood at 35 percent, taking the lead in the global market. The U.S. closely followed with a 21 percent that year. Even though their market shares are expected to drop to 28 percent and 10 percent respectively, China and the U.S. are projected to remain the most important countries in the 4G LTE technology market in 2020.

Number of LTE subscriptions worldwide from 2018 to 2023 (in billions)*

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Release date

December 2018



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* Forecast data, includes M2M

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