Mobile broadband subs to double to 8.3 bln by 2022

Toby Manning
June 14, 2017

And if that number seems high, the Ericsson report reminds readers that in many countries the number of mobile subscriptions often exceeds a country's population thanks to factors such as inactive subscriptions, multiple subscriptions optimized for different types of calls, and citizens owning multiple devices. Companies such as Verizon have begun 5G trials in the USA, while Indian telecom operators are also expected to adopt 5G technology this year.

The report reveals that in 2018 the 4G technology LTE will overtake GSM as the largest access technology by number of subscriptions.

As of 2016, there were 23 million cellular IoT connections and by 2022, this is estimated to reach 191 million.

It has taken only five years for LTE to cover 2.5bn compared to the 3G technologies WCDMA and HSPA which took eight years to reach that milestone. Suggesting that in the next five years, the amount of data being used will increase more than five-fold.

As yet another data stat, in 2022, monthly mobile data traffic per active smartphone in North America will be reach a whopping 26 GB.

Earlier, Cisco in its Visual Networking Index (VNI) report said that digital transformation will drive IP traffic in India with the projected increase in Internet users from 373 million in 2016 to 829 million or 59 percent of the Indian population in 2021.

"As new apps continue to emerge and usage behavior evolves, network performance will play a more important role in determining smartphone users' loyalty towards their operators in the future".

That number will be dwarfed, however, by the worldwide growth rate in mobile subscriptions, expected to rise from 7.6 billion today to 9 billion by 2022 - an annual rate of three per cent. The report also reveals that 4G users are almost 1.5 times more satisfied than 3G users, when it comes to data centric services such as video load times while streaming.

Ericsson forecasts that 5G subscriptions in the South East Asia and Oceania region will be 28 million in 2022 and says it expects this to accelerate with deployment of innovative use cases.

The world added 107 million mobile subscriptions to its total in the first quarter of 2017 alone.

"According to our forecast we anticipate that this will lead to more than half a billion 5G subscriptions and a population coverage 15pc by 2022". "VoLTE represents a great opportunity for telecom operators in India who are looking to route voice calls over 4G LTE networks enabling lower cost per minute for voice calls as well as free up legacy spectrum bands for re-farming", states Bansal.

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