Sweden-based Ericsson is predicting that 5G mobile subscriptions will reach beyond one billion this year.
The prediction follows a 2022 Q1 wherein 5G subscriptions grew by 70 million, bringing the total to approximately 620 million. The quarter also proved lucrative for 4G subscriptions, also rising by 70 million to the larger total of 4.9 billion.
On the up
Particularly, Ericsson expects China and North America’s higher adoption rates in China and North America, in addition to an estimated 30 million subscriptions from India once 5G airwaves are auctioned, to contribute substantially to the predicted 1 billion subscriptions this year.
Originally, Ericsson’s 2022 estimate was at around 1.1 billion, but this has now decreased by 100 million due to uncertainties caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the resultant weakening of the economy.
Ericsson also expects this year to be the peak of 4G user growth, with a decline imminent as users shift to 5G. The company previously predicted 2021 to be its peak.
"The latest Ericsson Mobility Report confirms 5G as the fastest growing mobile technology generation ever," said Ericsson executive vice president and head of networks Fredrik Jejdling.
The report also predicts that by 2027, 5G subscriptions will reach 4.4 billion.
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