Ericsson: 5G To Top 1B Subscriptions in 2022
June 28, 2022
America is forecast to lead the world in 5G subscription penetration in
the next five years with nine-of-every-ten subscriptions in the region
expected to be 5G in 2027. The forecast is contained in the latest
edition of the
Ericsson Mobility Report, which also
predicts that current global 5G subscriptions will pass the one billion
milestone by the end of 2022.
The 2027 timeline also includes projections that 5G will account for: 82
percent of subscriptions in Western Europe; 80 percent in the Gulf
Cooperation Council region; and 74 percent in North-East Asia.
In India, where 5G deployments have yet to begin, 5G is expected to
account for nearly 40 percent of all subscriptions by 2027. In global
terms, 5G is forecast to account for almost half of all subscriptions by
2027, topping 4.4 billion subscriptions.
The latest Ericsson Mobility Report - the twenty-second edition of
Ericsson’s network traffic insights and forecasts - also reveals that
global mobile network data traffic doubled in the past two years.
This traffic growth was driven by increased smartphone and mobile
broadband usage, as well as the digitalization of society and
industries. The recent statistics and forecasts highlight the strong
demand data connectivity and digital services have, and are expected to
have, despite the global Covid-19 pandemic and geopolitical
uncertainties. Several hundred million people are becoming new mobile
broadband subscribers every year.
The June 2022 Ericsson Mobility Report also verifies that 5G is scaling
faster than all previous mobile technology generations. About a quarter
of the world’s population currently has access to 5G coverage. Some 70
million 5G subscriptions were added during the first quarter of 2022
alone. By 2027, about three-quarters of the world’s population will be
able to access 5G, according to the report.
Fredrik Jejdling, Executive Vice President and Head of Networks,
Ericsson, says: “The latest Ericsson Mobility Report confirms 5G as the
fastest growing mobile technology generation ever, and Ericsson is
playing a key role in making it happen. We work every day with our
customers and ecosystem partners around the world to ensure that
millions more people, enterprises, industries, and societies enjoy the
benefits of 5G connectivity as soon as possible.“
Peter Jonsson, Executive Editor, Ericsson Mobility Report, Ericsson,
says: “The deployment of 5G standalone (SA) networks is increasing in
many regions as communications service providers (CSPs) gear up for
innovation to address business opportunities beyond enhanced mobile
broadband. A solid digital network infrastructure underpins enterprises’
digital transformation plans, and their new capabilities can be turned
into new customer services.”
The report also highlights the increasingly important role that Fixed
Wireless Access (FWA) is playing in the delivery of broadband services.
Ericsson predicts that the number of FWA connections will exceed 100
million in 2022, a figure that is forecast to more than double by 2027,
reaching almost 230 million.
On the Internet of Things (IoT), the report notes that in 2021,
broadband IoT (4G/5G) overtook 2G and 3G as the technology that connects
the largest share of all cellular IoT connected devices, accounting for
44 percent of all connections.
Massive IoT technologies (NB-IoT, Cat-M) increased by almost 80 percent
during 2021, reaching close to 330 million connections. The number of
IoT devices connected by these technologies is expected to overtake
2G/3G in 2023.
latest Ericsson Mobility Report also contains four in-depth articles:
Unleashing the power of IoT connectivity
The evolution of MTN’s connectivity platform
Enabling demanding use cases with CSP edge computing
Securing 5G networks in an evolving threat landscape