The latest Ericsson Mobility Report shows that by 2027, it is estimated that 60 percent of global mobile network data traffic will be via 5G networks. During this period, 4.4 billion 5G subscriptions are also expected to be reached.
Ericsson Executive Vice President and Head of Networks Fredrik Jejdling said that current global 5G subscriptions will cross the one billion mark by the end of 2022.
“North America is expected to lead the world in penetration of 5G subscriptions in the next five years, with nine out of every 10 subscriptions in the region expected to be 5G users by 2027,” he said, Monday (18/7/2022).
By 2027, said Fredrik, 5G services are also expected to cover 82 percent of subscriptions in Western Europe, 80 percent in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region, and 46 percent in Southeast Asia and Oceania.
Globally, he continued, 5G is expected to cover nearly half of all subscriptions by 2027 or surpass 4.4 billion subscriptions. “This traffic growth is driven by the increase in the use of smartphones and mobile broadband, as well as the digitization of society and industry,” he said. He further said that recent statistics and estimates highlight the current strong demand for data connectivity and digital services.
“This traffic growth is driven by the increase in the use of smartphones and mobile broadband, as well as the digitization of society and industry,” he said.
He further said that recent statistics and estimates highlight the current strong demand for data connectivity and digital services.
As for what is predicted to happen, he added, despite the global Covid-19 pandemic and geopolitical uncertainty. Several hundred million people also become new mobile broadband subscribers every year.
“About a quarter of the world’s population currently has access to 5G coverage. During the first quarter of 2022, there will be an addition of around 70 million 5G subscriptions. Meanwhile, in 2027, around three quarters of the world’s population will be able to access 5G,” said Fredrik.
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In addition, this report also highlights the increasing importance of Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) in broadband service delivery. Ericsson expects the number of FWA connections to exceed 100 million by 2022, a figure that is expected to more than double by 2027, reaching nearly 230 million.
As for the Internet of Things (IoT), the report notes that by 2021, broadband IoT (4G/5G) will overtake 2G and 3G as the technology that connects the largest share of all IoT-connected mobile devices, accounting for 44 percent of all connections. .
Massive IoT technologies (NB-IoT, Cat-M) also increased by almost 80 percent during 2021, reaching nearly 330 million connections. The number of IoT devices connected to this technology is expected to surpass 2G/3G by 2023.