No. of LTE subscribers jumped 13-fold in 2012

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No. of LTE subscribers jumped 13-fold in 2012

The number of Koreans who subscribed to the long-term evolution (LTE) network increased more than 13 times last year as a growing number of people opted to connect their smartphones to the faster mobile network, data showed yesterday.

The country’s LTE subscriber base reached 15.9 million as of the end of 2012, expanding 13.4-fold from a year earlier, according to industry data. The figure translates to 40,000 new LTE subscriptions a day.

The number of Korean LTE subscribers is estimated to account for roughly 28 percent of the global LTE population. The GSMA projected worldwide LTE users to reach 57.2 million by the end of 2012, while data by the World Cellular Information Service showed that there were 54.5 million global LTE subscriptions in November.

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