“Apple may have only released its first LTE phone in September, but already the US firm has grabbed 26.7 percent of the global LTE device market, according to a new report from Strategy Analytics,” Jon Russell reports for TNW.

“Despite Apple’s strong debut, Samsung remains top of the pile for LTE devices for the seventh quarter in succession,” Russell reports. “However its rival’s entry had a significant impact on its market share, which dropped to 40 percent in the third quarter, down from 50.9 percent three months previous.”

Russell reports, “Strategy Analytics’ estimate of 50 million global LTE subscriptions is corroborated by a prior report from Korea’s Parks Associates which came up with the same figure after crunching the numbers in July.”

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MacDailyNews Note: Strategy Analytics’ data covers July-September. Apple’s first LTE-capable smartphone, iPhone 5, launched on September 21st, a mere ten days before the end of the quarter, and is still rolling out to worldwide markets.