ABI: Expanding LTE coverage stimulates VoLTE adoption, device shipments

By the end of 2013, global LTE-related cellular subscriptions surpassed 230.9 million, 3.3 per cent of mobile subs, and will continue to grow at a CAGR of 36.6 per cent between 2014 and 2019, to exceed 2 billion, according to latest figures from ABI Research. The extensive presence of LTE networks is also stimulating the deployment of VoLTE. By the end of 2014, there are expected to be 59.6 million VoLTE subscriptions in place, and it is expected that nearly 56 per cent of LTE-related cellular subscriptions will be using VoLTE services by the end of 2019. The strong subscriber adoption in 2013 has correlated with strong LTE-enabled handsets shipments, equivalent to 335.4 million units in 2013; up 222 per cent year-on-year. LTE is not just stimulating the sale of LTE-enabled handsets but also LTE-enabled tablets and USB dongles. This has been sustained by the growing popularity of shared-data plans and better LTE network coverage. In 2014, LTE-enabled media tablets are expected to ship 12.8 million units annually along with 10.6 million USB dongles. Release