SOURCE: 4G Americas

4G Americas

September 15, 2011 15:02 ET

3GPP Wireless Technologies Pass 5 Billion Global Connections

BELLEVUE, WA--(Marketwire - Sep 15, 2011) - 3GPP wireless technologies passed the 5 billion connection mark in the second quarter of 2011, marking a significant milestone in the telecommunications and Internet technology industries, reports 4G Americas based on data from Informa Telecoms & Media.

Chris Pearson, President of 4G Americas, noted the achievement by stating, "Wireless technology infrastructure has become the road to our future. There are more connections around the world using wireless mobile devices for voice, entertainment and internet needs than fixed line telephones, radios, PCs, TVs or any other type of electronic device."

"Analysts and leading industry companies have predicted a future world of connected devices that could reach up to 50 billion by 2020 -- a world where all things are connected," Pearson continued.

Global Subscriber Statistics:

Subscriptions Market Share
All Wireless Technologies 5.7 Billion 100%
3GPP Technologies (GSM, UMTS-HSPA, LTE) 5.1 Billion 89%
-- GSM 4.3 Billion 76%
-- UMTS-HSPA 756 Million 13%
-- LTE 2 Million < 1%
3GPP2 Technologies (CDMA, EV-DO) 543 Million 10%
All others (iDEN, TDMA, PDC, TD-SCDMA) 56 Million < 1%

"By 2016 there will be more than 7.5 billion 3GPP subscribers, including more than 661 million subscribers using LTE," said Kristin Paulin, Research Analyst- North America & Caribbean, Informa Telecoms & Media. "There has already been tremendous growth in mobile broadband, but with widespread LTE we will see this trend explode. We will see subscribers drawn to applications like video and VoIP that take advantage of the high-throughput and low-latency features of LTE."

Statistical Charts
For more information and to view a variety of statistical charts on the 3GPP family of technologies, visit

About 4G Americas: Unifying the Americas through Mobile Broadband Technology

4G Americas is an industry trade organization composed of leading telecommunications service providers and manufacturers. The organization's mission is to promote, facilitate and advocate for the deployment and adoption of the 3GPP family of technologies throughout the Americas. 4G Americas contributes to the successful commercial rollout of 3GPP mobile broadband technologies across the Americas and their place as the No. 1 technology family in the region. The organization aims to develop the expansive wireless ecosystem of networks, devices, and applications enabled by GSM and its evolution to LTE. 4G Americas is headquartered in Bellevue, Wash., with an office for Latin America and the Caribbean in Dallas. More information is available at

About Informa Telecoms & Media
Informa Telecoms & Media (ITM; conducts primary and secondary research on the latest trends impacting the mobile communications, fixed communications and TV sectors, on a global basis. ITM's market intelligence services -- World Cellular Information Service (WCIS), World Broadband Information Service (WBIS) and the Intelligence Centre -- give clients access to market forecasts and key performance indicators (KPIs), as well as detailed analysis and exploration of trends. These comprehensive and reliable data sources combined with access to a team of dedicated analysts provide clients with essential business tools to assist in their strategic and tactical decision making processes. ITM also organizes over 100 annual events bringing together the industry's leading decision makers.

Contact Information

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