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HSPA and LTE now 49 Percent of all Mobile Connections in USA and Canada

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The USA and Canada added 58 million HSPA and LTE mobile broadband connections annually at the first quarter, which translates to mobile broadband now comprising 49 percent of all mobile connections in the region, according to research by Informa Telecoms & Media.

Worldwide, LTE racked up an annual growth rate higher than 400 percent at the end of March 2013, ending the quarter with more than 90 million connections, and that number grew by May to more than 100 million connections.

Today, there are 178 commercial LTE networks in 72 countries compared to about 74 commercial networks in 40 countries one year ago - more than 100 newly launched LTE networks in 12 months. LTE has been extremely successful in the U.S. and Canada where subscriptions surpassed 49 million and the North American region represents 54 percent of all global LTE connections as of March 2013.

HSPA and LTE mobile broadband had strong accelerated growth worldwide with an annual addition of 348 million subscriptions, representing 87 percent of the 400 million new global 3GPP technology connections.

Chris Pearson, President of 4G Americas commented, "Innovations in technology and service providers' commitment to upgrading their networks to LTE has moved the U.S. and Canada to the current mobile broadband leadership position. However, the leadership of LTE in North America is fragile, as more spectrum allocations by governments are needed soon to alleviate the impending spectrum crunch."

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