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LTE widely use in Europe

  • Author:Abby
  • Release on:2015-10-30

More than 216 million people in Europe now have access to LTE coverage, should they choose it.

Three million households in Europe gained access to LTE mobile broadband within the last year, according to a report from IHS. LTE adoption has been growing rapidly around the world, but this report shows that coverage in Europe rose from 59 percent at the end of 2013 to 79 percent by the end of 2014. With the new coverage added this year, more than 216 million people across the continent have access to the 4G technology.

The US had an early lead in LTE adoption and penetration, and in fact, LTE now accounts for nearly 48 percent of wireless connections in North America. The next highest region, though, is Western Europe, with 19 percent. With access growing rapidly in the continent, there is a lot of opportunity for LTE connections and devices in Europe.

LTE-equipped phones are an increasingly important part of the mobile phone market. LTE capability is already a requirement for any high-end phone, but in order to simplify phones and networks, 2G and 3G technology will have to be phased out over time. In the US, Verizon Wireless has already told consumers to expect its first phones using only LTE for voice calls, instead of the 2G connection utilized typically in mobile phones today, in the first half of 2016. Verizon also said it expects to phase out 3G technology, repurposing the spectrum for LTE.