4Gin America

America Reach 225 Million 3G and 4G Connections

The number of 3G and 4G connections in North, Central and South America rose by 65.6 million in the year to June 2012 to 225 million. This represents around 22 percent of all new mobile subscriptions in the Americas region, which surpassed 1 billion.

Subscriptions to 3GPP technologies (GSM, UMTS/HSPA and LTE) increased 12.6 percent year-on-year while non-3GPP (analogue, CDMA, iDEN, and TDMA) subscriptions dropped by 2.4 percent. A total of 17.7 million new mobile broadband connections (HSPA and LTE) were added during the second quarter, or 79 million new ones year on year.

GSM is still the dominant technology in the Americas with 11 million new subscriptions in the period, while HSPA is registered the biggest growth, with 65.6 million new subscriptions between June 2011 and June 2012. There were 13.4 million LTE connections. There are currently 80 HSPA networks in operation in 34 Latin American countries

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