Global 5G subscriptions are still on track to reach more than one billion by the end of this year, and five billion by the end of 2028, despite the current and evolving economic challenges in many parts of the world. The November 2022 edition of the Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) Mobility Report also projected global fixed wireless access (FWA) connections to grow faster than previously expected.
FWA – Wireless Alternative to Home and Business Wireless Broadband – is one of the major early 5G use cases, particularly in areas with underserved or underserved broadband markets.
Driven in part by FWA’s accelerating plans in India, and projected growth in other emerging markets, FWA is expected to grow 19 percent year-on-year through 2022-28, and reach 300 million connections by the end of 2028.
More than three-quarters of the Communications Service Providers (CSPs) surveyed in more than 100 countries currently offer FWA services. Nearly a third of telecom service providers offer FWA technology over 5G, up from a fifth a year ago. Nearly 40 percent of new 5G FWA launches in the past 12 months were in emerging markets
In 5G itself, about 110 million subscriptions were added globally between July and September 2022, bringing the total to about 870 million. As predicted in previous reports, 5G is still expected to reach 1 billion subscriptions by the end of this year – two years faster than 4G after its launch.
Statistics reinforce the 5G network as the fastest generation of mobile networks. Key drivers include the timely availability of devices from multiple vendors, with prices falling faster than 4G, and early large 5G deployments in China.
North America and Northeast Asia continue to experience strong 5G growth, with 5G subscription penetration in the regions expected to reach around 35 percent by the end of 2022.
Globally, nearly 230 telecom service providers have launched 5G services to date, with more than 700 5G smartphone models announced or commercially launched.
By the end of 2028, the number of 5G subscriptions is expected to reach 5 billion globally, accounting for 55 percent of all subscriptions. In the same time frame, 5G population coverage is expected to reach 85 percent while 5G networks are expected to carry about 70 percent of mobile traffic and account for all contemporary traffic growth.
Fredrik Jegdling, Executive Vice President and Head of Networks, Ericsson, says: “Communication service providers continue to deploy 5G and fixed wireless access momentum is accelerating.. Moreover, global mobile network data traffic practically doubles every two years. As described in this edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report, service providers are taking action to deploy the latest generation of energy-efficient radio hardware and software, increase the use of renewable energy sources, and operate site infrastructure intelligently to reduce environmental impact. “
Global 4G subscription numbers also continue to rise, growing by nearly 41 million between July and September 2022. Global 4G subscriptions are expected to peak at around 5.2 billion by the end of this year.
Total mobile phone subscriptions are expected to reach 8.4 billion by the end of 2022, and 9.2 billion by the end of 2028. Most of the subscriptions are associated with smartphones. At the end of 2022, there were an estimated 6.6 billion smartphone subscriptions, which is about 79 percent of all mobile subscriptions.
The latest report also highlights the importance of reducing environmental impact. The telecommunications sector plays a major role in achieving global sustainability goals, both by reducing its emissions and through its ability to reduce carbon emissions across other industries.
To reduce environmental impact, increased data traffic must be managed through smart grid modernization along with a balanced approach to network performance.
The Ericsson Mobility Report for November 2022 includes three in-depth articles:
- Network Refresh – While searching for Net Zero
- Cooperation and Collaboration: Building the Next Generation Network for Public Safety in Finland
- Digitization enables organizations to reach Net Zero
Ericsson will be hosting a webinar focusing on the Ericsson Mobility Report at 09.00 (CET) and 19.00 (CET) on Wednesday, 30 November. To join, please register here
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