Everyone knows 4G LTE is becoming the new standard technology, replacing older 3G networks. According to ABI Research, adoption of 4G in 2012 wasn’t quite as fast as 3G adoption was a few years ago, which is surprising considering all the incredible devices we’ve seen launch in the past year. They estimate about 91 million LTE handsets to be in circulation, with 95% of that coming from North America and Asian markets. That percentage isn’t surprising, since North America is miles ahead of most other markets with LTE coverage. That 91 million, however, is expected to skyrocket within the next few years, with predictions of 785 million LTE subscribers by 2017. That seems like a lot, but when something is the standard for technology like LTE will be, high adoption rates are normal. You don’t see very many people bragging about their new 2G phones anymore, after all.
source: ABI Research