4G has been available in many markets for some time now and it’s clear that this high-speed connection is making its mark – with the numbers accessing 4G continuing to rise while 3G sees a parallel decline.

In fact, Q3 2015 marked the first quarter where global 4G usage surpassed 3G. It’s now 29% of internet users who say they normally connect to the mobile web using 4G (vs. 25% for 3G). This milestone is made even more important by the rate at which 4G has been growing – up from only 16% in Q3 2014.

By region, North America has an extremely pronounced lead when it comes to 4G. By country, however, it’s Singapore, South Korea and Hong Kong which top the table. Infrastructural issues in many markets are having a clear impact here but as more and more users upgrade, 4G will rapidly become the dominant connection type.


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Felim is Senior Trends Manager at GWI. He oversees the Trends team who produce a wide range of off-the-shelf reports and infographics along with our Chart of the Day series. Moving to GWI after completing a PhD, Felim specializes in writing about online consumer behaviors and digital trends.

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