LTE’s impact globally is still small, but it’s growing particularly fast in the countries where carriers were quick to leave the 4G gate. According to a new Wireless Intelligence report, there were 27 million LTE connections in the world at the end of June, but 87 percent of them were in the U.S., South Korea and Japan.
The U.S. has 12.7 million LTE connections, and that is nearly half of the global total. Though three major operators and several smaller ones have live LTE networks, Verizon Wireless still accounts for the vast majority of the business, boasting more than 10 million subscribers. Verizon was the first major operator to bring its LTE network online in December of 2010, and still has a much broader footprint than AT&T(s t) and Sprint(s s), which just launched earlier this month.
Japan’s NTT DoCoMo(s dcm) has also been reaping the benefits of…
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