Total LTE connections in Latin America and the Caribbean soared by 154 percent year-on-year to 97.9 million at the end of the third quarter, equivalent to 14 percent of all mobile technologies, according to Ovum research cited by industry association 5G Americas.
Argentina, Chile and Uruguay continued to lead the region in LTE penetration rates, with Mexico and Brazil leading in LTE net adds. Some 59.4 million LTE connections were added in the year to end of September, with the regional total set to reach 109 million at the end of 2016 and 438 million at the end of 2021, said 5G Americas.
The big news in the third quarter of the year was the commercial launch of LTE-Advanced technology in Chile and Peru, with new announcements expected before the end of the year. There were a total of 703 million mobile subscriptions at the end of September, around 47 percent of them (329 million) currently using HSPA technology.