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Commercial 5G on a roll, cellular IoT deployments ramping up, says new Ericsson Mobility Report

Ericsson forecasts over 1 billion 5G subscriptions for enhanced mobile broadband by the end of 2023, accounting for around 12 percent of all mobile subscriptions.


Devdiscourse News Desk 12 Jun 2018, 08:52 AM
  • According to the latest edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report released today, the commercial rollout of 5G will begin in 2018 and deployments of cellular IoT are ramping up larger than previously forecasted. (Image Credit: Twitter)

According to the latest edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report released today, the commercial rollout of 5G will begin in 2018 and deployments of cellular IoT are ramping up larger than previously forecasted.

The report shows the deployment of cellular IoT connections has nearly doubled since November 2017 and is now expected to reach an estimated 3.5 billion in 2023, driven by ongoing large-scale deployments in China. New massive IoT cellular technologies such as NB-IoT and Cat-M1 are fueling this rapid growth.

North America is seen to lead the 5G commercial deployment race, with all major U.S. operators planning to roll out 5G between late 2018 and mid-2019. By end of 2023, close to 50 percent of all mobile subscriptions in North America are forecast to be for 5G, followed by North East Asia at 34 percent, and Western Europe at 21 percent, the report forecasts.

Ericsson forecasts over 1 billion 5G subscriptions for enhanced mobile broadband by the end of 2023, accounting for around 12 percent of all mobile subscriptions.

Mobile data traffic is estimated to surge by eight times during the forecast period to reach close to 107 exabytes (EB) per month. By 2023, more than 20 percent of mobile data traffic worldwide is expected to be carried by 5G networks, which is 1.5 times more than the total 4G/3G/2G traffic today.

2018 is the year 5G networks go commercial as well as for large-scale deployments of cellular IoT. These technologies promise new capabilities that will impact people’s lives and transform industries. This change will only come about through the combined efforts of industry players and regulators aligning on spectrum, standards and technology," said Fredrik Jejdling, Executive Vice President and Head of Business Area Networks.

The June 2018 edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report also highlights articles on network performance through the customers, smart manufacturing, machine intelligence in network management, and the importance of securing the right spectrum for 5G perspectives.


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