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Explore data-hungry apps and more affordable smartphones to sustain strong growth momentum

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It delivers deep quantitative and qualitative insight into the growth of 4G in Latin America, assessing business models and value propositions from operators to foster 4G adoption, and the main drivers and challenges impacting 4G in the region.

"4G in Latin America: Data-Hungry Apps and More Affordable Smartphones to Sustain Strong Growth Momentum", a new Telecom Insider Report by GlobalData, provides an executive-level overview of 4G in Latin America, with forecasts of key indicators up to 2022. 

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Companies Mentioned:
Alcatel OneTouch
China Unicom
Entel Bolivia
Entel Chile
Iusacell Kolbi
TIM Brazil

A rapid transition to 4G mobile technology is happening in Latin America. 4G mobile subscriptions have more than trebled since 2015, advancing at a 79% CAGR to reach over 180m by year-end 2017.

This is equivalent to 25% of the region’s total mobile subscriptions.

This transition to 4G is fueled by strong demand for mobile data usage and growing data consumption. Not only are more Latin Americans using mobile data services, they are also using more of it due to the growing popularity of social networking and data-hungry apps such as music and video streaming services.

The report is structured as follows -
- Section 1: Market Context. this section provides information regarding 4G definition and development in Latin America, growth of 4G adoption in the region, and mobile data evolution.
- Section 2: Main factors impacting 4G growth in Latin America. details the drivers and inhibitors impacting in 4G growth in Latin America, showcasing how operators are taking advantage of the drivers and overcoming the market challenges.
- Section 4: Case studies. We continue with a review of the strategies and 4G positioning a number of operators that are succeeding in the region.
- Section 5: Key findings and recommendations. We conclude the report with a set of key findings and recommendations for network operators, network vendors and regulators.

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- The ongoing migration to 4G is being facilitated by smartphones, which for most Latin Americans are their prime web-access device due to convenience and higher affordability than computers.
- On the one hand, available spectrum is below industry needs, and that will become more of a problem as higher data consumption puts a bigger strain on radio networks.
- Within the region Uruguay has the highest 4G share of total subscriptions, a figure we expect to reach near 47% by the end of 2017. Regional economic leader Brazil follows in second place, with over 35% 4G share of total mobile subscriptions expected for 2017.

Reasons to access
- This Insider Report provides a five-year forecast of key mobile broadband metrics including 4G adoption and mobile data, developed using GlobalData’s rigorous bottom-up modeling methodologies, to enable executives to effectively position their companies for growth opportunities and emerging trends in demand for their products.
- A detailed analysis of the market shares of the operators in select countries, including market shares of mobile subscribers for the year 2017, helps executives examine the drivers behind market performance to understand best practices, formulate competitive strategies, assess evolving threats and make informed investments.
- Three case studies illustrate the business model and strategy of select operators in Latin America, this will help the reader understand both the challenges confronted in the real world and the strategies employed to overcome those challenges.
- The report discusses concrete opportunities in the 4G market in Latin America, providing a number of actionable recommendations for operators, network vendors and regulators.

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