Report: U.S. could lose LTE subscriber lead as early as 2013

The United States is currently the dominant market for LTE devices and services, but it won't remain that way for long, according to a new report from TeleGeography. The research service found that the U.S. and Canada as a single market remains by far the leading LTE market, with Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) alone accounting for 60 percent, or 3.1 million, of current LTE subscribers worldwide (fitting with a recent Informa Telecoms & Media analysis). However, by 2013 the U.S. is likely to be eclipsed in terms of total LTE subscribers by the Asia-Pacific region as China, Japan and South Korea ramp up their LTE deployments. By 2016, Asia-Pacific will account for almost half of all global LTE subscribers, according to TeleGeography, although the U.S. and Canada will remain second during this period. Article