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The Global LTE Market, By Technology (LTE –FDD, TD-LTE or LTE-TDD and LTE Advanced), By Components (Infrastructure, Chipsets, Terminal Equipments, LTE Testing Equipments and Network service providers), By Services and Applications (Mobile Cloud Services, M2M and Connected Devices, P2P messaging, Browsing, Public Safety LTE, Games, TV/Video-on-Demand, Music, M-commerce and VoLTE)by Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Rest of the World) - Global Forecast to 2027”, is expected to be valued at US$ 63,225.1 Million by 2027, exhibiting a CAGR of 78.6% during the forecast period (2020-2027), as highlighted in a report published by Coherent Market Insights.


Long term evolution (LTE), often marketed 4G LTE is a wireless communication standard for high-speed data for data terminals and mobile phones. 4G LTE increases the capacity and speed using a different radio interference together with core network improvements. The LTE technology reduces the cost per gigabyte, with enhanced capacity per network site. LTE networks provide higher broadband speeds and improve broadband connection stability while reducing the latency and connection times to enhance the user experience for applications such as video telephony, online gaming, and video on demand.

The global LTE Market was accounted for US$ 610.7 Mn in terms of value in 2019 and is expected to grow at CAGR of 78.6% for the period 2020-2027.

Market Driver

Rapid development of smart devices is expected to propel the global LTE market growth over the forecast period

The demand for smartphones has increased significantly in the recent past. According to Coherent Market Insights’ analysis, in 2013, global shipments for smartphones is expected to surpass 1 billion units. Rising usage of tablets and smartphones, along with consumers’ increased reliance on services and applications, has driven the demand for wireless technology that can offer higher speed, better QoS, and least latency. According to the Global mobile Suppliers Association, 97 manufacturers announced the launch of 821 LTE-enabled user devices by March 2013. In 2012, 474 new LTE user devices were launched. Smartphones constitute the largest category for LTE devices; about 261 smartphones were announced by March 2013. Therefore, these factors are expected to propel the global LTE market growth in the near future.

LTE Market - Impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic

In the COVID-19 pandemic, people are spending more time on the social media platforms and internet surfing compared to 2019, according to CMI study in 2020. In addition to this, countries such as India and Spain have imposed nationwide lockdown. This resulted in the increase in the online ordering of food from platforms such as Zamto and Swiggy. Moreover, according the to the same analysis, generation z have spent about 2 hour weekly on high graphics mobile games in June 2020. The online gaming activities requires high speed internet connectivity such as LTE. Owing to all mentioned factors, the LTE market is expected to show significant growth in the LTE market.

Market Opportunity

Growing adoption of LTE for public safety can present lucrative growth opportunities in the global LTE market

Public safety agencies need immediate access to higher bandwidth data and video information, and applications and services specifically designed for a higher grade of service with minimum latency. Public safety LTE solution provides communications infrastructure with applications needed to deliver mobile and interoperable mission-critical communications. Public safety networks require high-speed internet access to support day-to-day operations, plan events, and emergency responses. With higher priority given to public safety by governments globally and increased spending for better technology, demand for LTE in public safety is rising. With public safety LTE, agencies benefit with features such as secure, voice push-to-talk (PTT). This dynamically prioritizes users and provides data for critical incidents, while de-prioritizing non-essential traffic. Thus, the need for public safety infrastructure is driving the demand for LTE.

Market Restraint

High initial cost of deployment is expected to hamper the global LTE market growth over the forecast period

Despite its numerous advantages, LTE adoption is facing numerous challenges. The initial deployment cost of LTE is significantly high as compared to 2G and 3G. As a result of this, the wide adoption of LTE is being hindered, especially in emerging regions such as Latin America, Middle East, and Africa. Hence, these factors are expected to hamper the global LTE market growth in the near future.

Market Trends

  1. Growing need for high quality of services

Customers require the same experience with broadband that they get at the office or home, regardless of location. They desire easy access and usage, high speed and little latency, better privacy and security, and seamless global mobility. Furthermore, music and video downloads, HD-movie downloads, and video conferencing, video-on-demand, and other trends are driving the need for 4G networks and their increased data capacity. Users today want to do more than simply consume information. They wish to create things and share them. These trends of data usage necessitate a high-speed and QoS wireless service and thus are the driving factors of demand for LTE.

  1. Advent of SaaS, cloud computing, and adoption of smart devices

Advent of cloud computing, smart device, and SaaS is another key trend in the market. New end devices are now generating 5 to 10 times more data from consumer and business users. The power of mobile end-user devices has been enhanced by a multitude of network-hosted information and applications. Several companies are looking at hosting private cloud networks with data and applications. As traffic has been shifting to public wireless infrastructures, mobile operators find opportunity in offering new services with a greater interest in Software-as-a-Service (SaaS).

Competitive Section

Major companies operating in the global LTE market are AT&T Inc., Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., Verizon Wireless, Nokia Solutions and Networks B.V., Sprint Corporation, Alcatel-Lucent, T-Mobile US Inc., LM Ericsson, China Mobile Ltd., and Bharti Airtel Ltd.

Key Development

  1. Major companies are involved in mergers and acquisitions, in order to gain a competitive edge in the market. For instance, in April 2020, T-Mobile completed a merger with Sprint Corporation to create a new T-Mobile, a supercharged Un-carrier that will deliver a transformative 5G network.
  2. Key companies are involved in product launches, in order to expand the product portfolio. For instance, in August 2020, T-Mobile US Inc. launched the world’s first nationwide standalone 5G network.


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