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A new report from Ericsson found that 5G mobile subscriptions will surpass 1 billion in 2022. Additionally, more than 20 service providers rolled out standalone 5G networks in the past year, and twice that number is expected to follow in 2022.
The Ericsson Mobility Report follows the development of the telecommunications industry. The report includes the latest trends in the mobile industry, including numbers on 5G, IoT, fixed wireless access, and forecasts of where and how 5G will scale.
5G adoption also grew faster than 4G after its launch in 2009, reaching 1 billion subscriptions two years faster than 4G. Global 5G subscriptions are forecast to reach 4.4 billion by the end of 2027, accounting for 48% of total mobile subscriptions.
As a result, shipments of 5G devices in 2021 more than doubled from 2020, exceeding 615 million units shipped. Over 650 5G smartphone models have been launched, accounting for 50% of all 5G devices by form factor.
Within five years, 5G will account for 90% of all mobile subscriptions in North America, 82% in Western Europe and 74% in Northeast Asia. In India, where rollout has not yet started, analysts expect adoption to be 40%.
The forecast period in the report is six years and is advanced by one year each year in the November report. The basis for the subscription and traffic forecast is created using historical data from various sources, validated with Ericsson internal data, including measurements in customer networks. Future developments are estimated based on macroeconomic trends, user trends, market maturity and technological advancements. Other sources include industry analyst reports and internal assumptions and analysis.
Read Ericsson’s full report.
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