Mobile video rockets in Colombia as 4G soars

DetailsJuan Fernandez Gonzalez | 08 January 2015

LTE connections tripled in Colombia during the last quarter of 2014, passing the 800,000-subs barrier and taking the country into a new era of high speed mobile services.

Colombians' quick adoption of 4G technology is enabling operators to deliver better TV everywhere, multiscreen and mobile video services.

According to figures from the Ministry for Information and Communication Technology, 4G connections grew by 275% during Q4 2014, reinforcing the LTE boom experienced during the first nine months of the year.

"Colombians are demanding more high speed services and we are on the right path, although we're not hitting all socio-economic levels within our society," said Diego Molano, ICT Minister.

Indeed, 4G market is predicted to reach five million subs by the end of 2016, according to a report by Alcatel-Lucent.

Looking at other mobile data technologies, 3G users account for 3.8 million subs, making this technology the most used in the country, followed already by 4G and 2G, which still account for 540,000 subs.

Colombia - which has been investing heavily to extend telecom services among the population during the last two years - has almost reached ten million broadband subs, up 342% since January 2014 and representing a penetration of 20.4%.