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LTE in the USA

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Published Date : Oct 2014

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No. of Pages : 33 Pages

Reaching mass market in 2014


The USA is one of the most advanced LTE markets in the world in terms of subscribers, coverage, technology upgrades.


Based on our latest estimates, LTE subscriptions in the USA will reach 300 million at end 2018.

This report presents the deployment status of LTE in the USA and player strategies to reposition the LTE wireless business model.

Table of Content


1.Executive Summary




3.LTE market status in the USA

3.1.Several major factors are pulling the US LTE ecosystem

3.2.Deployment status

3.2.1.Subscriber numbers and forecasts

3.2.2.Population coverage

3.2.3.LTE theoretical and commercial speeds

3.2.4.LTE ARPU and churn


4.Player LTE strategies

4.1.Pricing strategies

4.1.1.Upgrade plans

4.1.2.Evolve towards volume-based tiered pricing (the end of unlimited data plans)

4.1.3.Push network prioritisation (or data throttling practices)

4.1.4.Push alternative financing with content providers (toll-free plans)

4.2.Device strategies

4.2.1.Introduce shared plans

4.2.2.Decoupling the device from the service

4.2.3.Handset upgrades and device leasing

4.2.4.Access to hotspots

4.3.Service strategies

4.3.1.Content strategies

4.3.2.Plans to increase ARPU/ARPA

4.3.3.Connected car

4.3.4.In-flight connectivity

4.3.5.eMBMS/ LTE Broadcast

4.3.6.LTE fixed broadband

4.4.Network strategies: investment, spectrum, technologies

4.4.1.Investment issues

4.4.2.Spectrum issues

List of Table


Table 1: Population coverage for the four main US players at four different times

Table 2: LTE theoretical and commercial speeds

Table 3: Selective key KPI for the four main US players

Table 4: Overview of family/shared plans for Tier 1 US players: 10 GB data included, four lines

Table 5: Verizon Wireless cloud storage offer

Table 6:Home Fusion tariffs from Verizon Wireless

Table 7: AWS-3 spectrum planned arrangements

List of Chart


Figure 1: LTE subscriptions growth in the USA

Figure 2: LTE market shares in the USA, December 2013

Figure 3:Population coverage for the four main US players at four different times

Figure 4: LTE speeds according to T-Mobile

Figure 5:Viewdini application

Figure 6: The Simple Choice plan by T-Mobile

Figure 7: Possible services for connected cars

Figure 8: The new value proposition of share data plan AT&T from summer 2014

Figure 9: Verizon 4G LTE Broadband Router with Voice

Figure 10: Total wireless capex/wireless revenues for the four main US MNOs over the last two years

Figure 11: Data speed improvement resulting from Sprint tri-band LTE network

Figure 12: New 700 MHz Block A licenses resulting from the purchase of spectrum to Verizon

Figure 13: The 700 MHz band in the USA

Figure 14:Initial proposal for 5 GHz band extension modified with the April 2014 decision

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