5G set for rapid global adoption

5G set for rapid global adoption

There will be more than a billion 5G subscriptions by the end of 2023 - or just over five years from now - accounting for 12% of all mobile subscriptions, according to a new report from Ericsson.

The company's latest Mobility Report, for 2018, forecasts that almost 95% of all subscriptions will be for mobile broadband by December 2023. By then, 20% of mobile data traffic will be carried by 5G networks and more than 20% of the world's population will be covered by the latest-generation mobile technology.

Ericsson said 4G/LTE became the dominant mobile access technology at the end of 2017.

The number of LTE subscriptions continues to grow strongly and is forecast to reach 5.5 billion by the end of 2023, when it will account for more than 60% of all mobile subscriptions. By that year, there will be about 8.9 billion mobile subscriptions in total, of which 8.3 billion will be for mobile broadband. The number of unique mobile subscribers will reach 6.1 billion in five years' time.

Sub-Saharan Africa is likely to lag adoption in the rest of the world, with significant 5G subscription volumes only expected from 2022

The number of 3G subscriptions is expected

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