The latest Ericsson Mobility Report shows that global data traffic on the mobile network has doubled in the past two years, with a projection of 4.4 billion 5G subscriptions by 2027.
According to the report, Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) will account for 20% of all mobile data network traffic by the end of 2022, with 60% of global mobile network data traffic expected to pass through 5G networks d 2027.
The report predicted that North America would lead the world in 5G subscription penetration over the next five years, with nine out of ten subscriptions in the region expected to be 5G by 2027.
The predictions are contained in the latest edition of Ericsson’s Mobility Report, which also predicts that current global 5G subscriptions will cross the 1 billion mark by the end of 2022.
In Nigeria, statistics released last week by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the telecommunications industry regulator, revealed that Nigeria’s mobile broadband subscriptions had reached 83.37 million, or the equivalent of 43.67% mobile broadband penetration in May 2022.
Nigerian broadband statistics for 2022 showed an increase in mobile broadband subscriptions and penetration from 75.57 million subscriptions and 39.59% penetration in May 2021.
Based on the rapid growth in broadband subscriptions and the level of penetration, the NCC and telecom operators last week reassured Nigerians of their commitment to rolling out the 5G network across the country, starting from the August 24 this year.
Ericsson’s Mobility Report said that in India, where 5G rollouts have yet to begin, 5G is expected to account for almost 40% of all subscriptions by 2027. , 5G is expected to account for nearly half of all subscriptions by 2027, surpassing 4.4 billion subscriptions.
The latest Ericsson Mobility Report, which is the twenty-second edition of Ericsson’s network traffic insights and forecasts, also reveals that data traffic on the global mobile network has doubled over the past two years.
Traffic growth has been driven by the increased use of smartphones and mobile broadband, as well as the digitalization of society and industries. Recent statistics and forecasts highlight the strong demand that data connectivity and digital services have, and are expected to have, despite the global Covid-19 pandemic and geopolitical uncertainties. Every year, several hundred million people become new mobile broadband subscribers.
Ericsson’s June 2022 Mobility Report also verifies that 5G is evolving faster than any previous generation of mobile technology. About a quarter of the world’s population currently has access to 5G coverage. Some 70 million 5G subscriptions were added in the first quarter of 2022 alone. By 2027, around three-quarters of the world’s population will be able to access 5G, according to the report.
Analyzing the report, Executive Vice President and Head of Networks at Ericsson, Fredrik Jejdling, said: “Ericsson’s latest mobility report confirms that 5G is the fastest growing generation of mobile technology of all. the times, and Ericsson plays a key role in making it happen. We work with our customers and ecosystem partners around the world every day to ensure that millions more people, businesses, industries and societies experience the benefits of 5G connectivity as soon as possible.”
Ericsson Editor-in-Chief Peter Jonsson said, “The deployment of 5G Autonomous (SA) networks is increasing in many regions as Communications Service Providers (CSPs) prepare to innovate to seize business opportunities at the global level. beyond enhanced mobile broadband. A strong digital network infrastructure underpins companies’ digital transformation plans, and their new capabilities can be transformed into new customer services. »
The report also highlights the increasingly important role that fixed wireless access plays in the provision of broadband services. Ericsson expects the number of fixed wireless access connections to exceed 100 million in 2022, a figure that is expected to more than double by 2027, to nearly 230 million.
On the Internet of Things (IoT), the report notes that in 2021, broadband IoT (4G/5G) has overtaken 2G and 3G as the technology that connects the largest share of all devices connected to cellular IoT, representing 44% of all connections. .