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At a time when the wireless industry is gearing up for its next technological revolution, 5G, Ovum is taking a look at the industry's past in search of hints about what to expect from the development of the new standard in Latin America.


  • LTE has been so successful since its debut in 2010 that is possible to argue that it has shortened the lifecycle of 3G. Globally, 3G peaked at 2.5 billion connections, close to half of 2G’s peak, whereas 4G is already close to 3 billion, only eight years after its launch.

Features and Benefits

  • Evaluates the long-term trends in the wireless industry to understand 5G deployments.
  • Assesses how Latin America adopted 2G, 3G, and 4G technologies and examines what that tells us about 5G.

Key questions answered

  • Will 5G mimic 3G's slow burn or 4G's splash?
  • What does the performance of previous wireless generations tell us about the potential for 5G in Latin America?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • Ovum view
  • 5G will be the first wireless standard to be deployed in a mature mobile landscape
  • Will 5G mimic 3G's slow burn or 4G's splash?
  • 5G will take the industry into uncharted territory, and it will need to succeed


  • Further reading
  • Author