The approach for 5G has become more valiant; as Asia Pacific is reckon to be the second fastest growing region for 5G subscriptions logging 10 percent of 5G subscriptions by 2022.
In terms of new mobile subscriptions expected India grew the most with adding over 15 million customers during the Q3 of 2016 followed by China registering (+15 million), Indonesia (+6 million), Myanmar (+4 million) and the Philippines (+4 million), the latest Ericsson Mobility Report said.
The study asserts that 5G subscriptions globally will reach half a billion in 2022 and 25 per cent of all subscriptions will be in North America. It said that 90 per cent of all subscriptions by 2022 will have mobile broadband services. Till date, the total number of mobile broadband subscriptions is around 4.1 billion.
The report predicts that that there will be 550 million 5G subscriptions in 2022.
Between 2016 to 2022 – Middle East and Africa is also projected to significantly migrate from GSM/EDGE-only subscriptions, to 80 percent of all subscriptions on WCDMA/HSPA and LTE.
Ulf Ewaldsson, Chief Strategy and Technology Officer, Ericsson, said, “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.”
Writing on the next whooping trend, the report said that Mobile video traffic will grow around 50 percent annually through 2022 marking 75 percent of all mobile data traffic. Whereas, social networking is expected to be the second biggest data traffic type after video growing by 39 percent annually over the coming six years.
The IoT trend was also tapped in the report asserting that around 29 billion connected devices are forecast by 2022, of which around 18 billion will be related to IoT.
Adding in the report, it expects 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.