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Telecom CEOs: US regulators better than Europe

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 25, 2013 at 8:13 am •  Published: February 25, 2013

According to trade group 4G Americas, there were 33 million LTE-capable devices in North America at the end of last year, representing 52 percent of global LTE connections. Japan and South Korea also have strong LTE networks. The GSM Association, which organizes the show, said Europe accounts for 6 percent of global LTE devices.

Still, a recent industry study has found greater competition among LTE providers in Europe, leading to lower prices for European consumers.

The study published last October by Wireless Intelligence, part of the GMS Association, found a gigabyte of data cost $2.50 on a European LTE plan, about half the global average of $4.86.

In Sweden, which became the first country to switch on a commercial LTE network in 2009, an LTE contract can cost as little as $0.63 per gigabyte. The study compared this to U.S. operator Verizon's best value 4G data tariff, which cost $7.50 per gigabyte at the time.

By mid-2012 there were 38 operators offering LTE across 18 European markets — almost half of the global total — the study found.