5G subscriptions to cross 1 bn in 2022: Ericsson Mobility Report

Ericsson has released the latest Ericsson Mobility Report saying 5G will account for almost half of all subscriptions by 2027, topping 4.4 billion subscriptions.
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The global 5G subscriptions will pass the one billion milestone by the end of 2022.

In North America, nine-of-ten subscriptions will be on 5G network in 2027.

5G will account for 82 percent of subscriptions in Western Europe; 80 percent in the Gulf Cooperation Council region; and 74 percent in North-East Asia. In India, 5G is expected to account for nearly 40 percent of all subscriptions by 2027.


5G will represent around 39 percent of mobile subscriptions in India at the end of 2027, with about 500 million subscriptions.

Total mobile data traffic in the India region is estimated to grow by a factor of 4 between 2021 and 2027.

56 percent of total mobile data traffic in India region to be carried by 5G networks in 2027.

4G contributes around 68 percent of the total mobile subscriptions in India and 4G’s contribution is expected to drop to 55 percent in 2027.

Global mobile network data traffic doubled in the past two years driven by increased smartphone and mobile broadband usage, as well as the digitalization of society and industries.

The June 2022 Ericsson Mobility Report said about a quarter of the world’s population currently has access to 5G coverage. Some 70 million 5G subscriptions were added during the first quarter of 2022 alone. By 2027, about three-quarters of the world’s population will be able to access 5G, according to the report.

Ericsson predicts that the number of FWA connections will exceed 100 million in 2022. FWA connections will more than double by 2027, reaching almost 230 million.

In 2021, broadband IoT (4G/5G) overtook 2G and 3G as the technology that connects the largest share of all cellular IoT connected devices, accounting for 44 percent of all connections.

Massive IoT technologies (NB-IoT, Cat-M) increased by almost 80 percent during 2021, reaching close to 330 million connections. The number of IoT devices connected by these technologies is expected to overtake 2G/3G in 2023.