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Over 20% of world's population will access 5G in 2023, says Ericsson

Over 20% of world's population will access 5G in 2023, says Ericsson

The forecast claims that there will 1 billion 5G mobile broadband subscriptions by 2023, with 5G set to cover more than 20% of the global population six years from now. This prediction is among the key statistics presented in the November edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report. The report also estimates that monthly data usage per smartphone in India to increase 5 times, from 3.9 GB now, to 18 GB per month.

By the end of this year, LTE will be the dominant mobile access technology. According to estimates, 5.5 billion VoLTE subscriptions are expected by 2023, which would cover more than 80 per cent of the globe's combined LTE and 5G subscriptions.

The report also elaborates that 5G upgrade will be adapted with a rapid speed as compared to earlier adoption rate.

5G networks are expected to first be deployed in dense, urban areas, according to the report. Initial 5G deployments around the world will including US, South Korea, Japan, and China. The driving force behind video's uptrend are the young millennials - those in the 15 to 24 age bracket - who stream 2.5X more than those over 45 years of age.

"Watching HD video (1080p) rather than video at a standard resolution (480p) typically increases the data traffic volume by around four times", said the report.

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In terms of region, North America showed the highest average mobile data traffic usage per smartphone, exceeding 7GB per month by the end of 2017.

For example, a YouTube 360-degree video uses 4 to 5 times as much bandwidth as a normal YouTube video of the same perceived quality.

The mobile telecom network equipment industry is going through the toughest part of a decade-long cycle, as demand for 4G and older 2G and 3G network equipment subsides, while solid demand for next-generation 5G networks remains a few years away. Among VoLTE-enabled devices, the company has also included smartwatches.

"The total mobile data traffic per month in India is expected to grow 11 times during the forecast period (2017- 2023) from 1.3 EB (exabytes) to 14 EB by 2023".


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