Smartphone growth to propel LTE to 1B connections by 2017

LTE connections will reach 90 million by the end of 2012, according to a new study by Strategy Analytics. The report said sales of LTE-based smartphones are expanding beyond early LTE hotbeds, including the United States, South Korea and Japan, and the technology will grow to 1 billion connections by early 2017.

LTE now has overwhelming support from global operators as their 4G upgrade path, said the analyst firm. Further, the technology will account for 15 per cent of all mobile connections in 2017, putting it on a faster trajectory than any other mobile technology. Article