Ericsson Mobility Report : Some Interesting Findings

Continuing its annual run of predicting the future dynamics of the global telecom industry, Ericsson has come out with its latest mobility report and it talks volumes about the future of the telecom industry from a consumer adoption perspective.

Titled Ericsson Mobility Report, the periodical states that the global telecom industry is moving rapidly towards a connected world being driven by 5G technology.

It forecasts that there will be 550 million 5G subscriptions globally in 2022. Of these North America will lead the way in uptake of 5G subscriptions, where a quarter of all mobile subscriptions are forecast to be for 5G in 2022.

In its region-wise prediction, Ericsson says 25 percent of all subscriptions will be 5G in North America in 2022, representing the highest market penetration in the world.

The report also says Asia Pacific will be the second fastest growing region for 5G subscriptions, with 10 percent of all subscriptions being 5G in 2022. From 2016 to 2022, Middle East and Africa will dramatically shift from a region with a majority of GSM/EDGE-only subscriptions, to 80 percent of all subscriptions on WCDMA/HSPA and LTE.

By the end of 2016, there will be 3.9 billion smartphone subscriptions. Almost 90 percent of these subscriptions will be registered on WCDMA/HSPA and LTE networks. By 2022, the number of smartphone subscriptions is forecast to reach 6.8 billion, with more than 95 percent of the subscriptions registered on WCDMA/HSPA, LTE and 5G networks.

“Almost 90 percent of smartphone subscriptions are on 3G and 4G networks today and standardized 5G networks are expected to be available in 2020. We are already seeing a great interest among operators in launching pre-standard 5G networks. 5G will accelerate the digital transformation in many industries, enabling new use cases in areas such as IoT, automation, transport and big data,” says Ulf Ewaldsson, Chief Strategy and Technology Officer, Ericsson.

The Ericsson Mobility Report also predicts that 5G or fifth generation technology will drive the growth of Internet of things in next 6 years and in coming times. According to the report, there would be around 29 billion connected device by 2022 out of which 18 billion will be related to the IoT.

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