Report: More than 1B 5G mobile subscriptions expected in 2022

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A new Ericsson report estimates that 5G mobile subscriptions will exceed 1 billion by 2022. In addition, more than 20 service providers launched 5G standalone networks last year, more than double the number expected in 2022.

The Ericsson Mobility Report follows the growth of the telecom industry. The report includes the latest trends in the mobile industry, including estimates of 5G, IoT, fixed wireless access, where and how 5G is being scaled.

Adoption of 5G has also grown faster than 4G since its launch in 2009, reaching a 1 billion subscription mark two years faster than 4G. It is estimated that by the end of 2027, global 5G subscriptions will reach 4.4 billion, accounting for 48% of total mobile subscriptions.

Figure 1. Mobile subscriptions (billion) through technology.  5G subscriptions are projected to reach 4.4 billion by 2027.

As a result, 5G device shipments more than doubled in 2020 to 2020 and shipments exceeded 615 million units. More than 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 the rollout is yet to begin, analysts predict it will be 40%.

The forecast period in the report is six years, which is one year ahead of the November report each year. The subscription and traffic estimate baseline is established using historical data from a variety of sources, validated with Ericsson internal data, including measurements in customer networks. Future growth is estimated based on macroeconomic trends, user trends, market maturity and technological advances. Other sources include industry analyst reports with internal assumptions and analyzes.

Read Ericsson’s full report.

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