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Ericsson Mobility Report November 2018

After years of research and development, 5G commercial launches have started, bringing new opportunities to businesses and consumers.

In the November 2018 edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report we continue to deepen our analysis into what lies ahead for communications service providers as 5G hits the market. In 2024, we project that 5G will reach more than 40 percent population coverage and 1.5 billion subscriptions, making it the fastest generation ever to be rolled out on a global scale. In parallel, cellular IoT is making great strides – connections are set to pass the 4 billion mark by 2024, driven by strong uptake in North East Asia.

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Key figures

A summary of mobile subscription and traffic essentials, including our mobile data traffic growth and data traffic per smartphone forecasts.

Data and forecasts

Mobile subscriptions worldwide Q3 2018

There are now 5.7 billion mobile broadband subscriptions.

Mobile subscriptions outlook

1.5 billion 5G subscriptions are forecast for 2024.

IoT connections outlook

The number of cellular IoT connections is expected to reach 4.1 billion in 2024.

5G device outlook

A strong lineup of 5G smartphones is expected for Q2 2019.

Voice over LTE outlook

At the end of 2018, VoLTE subscriptions will be close to 1.4 billion.

Regional subscriptions outlook

In North America, 55 percent of mobile subscriptions are expected to be for 5G in 2024.

Mobile traffic Q3 2018

Mobile data traffic grew close to 79 percent year-on-year in Q3 2018, the highest growth rate since 2013.

Mobile traffic by application category

Mobile video traffic is forecast to account for 74 percent of all mobile data traffic in 2024.

Mobile data traffic outlook

In 2024, 25 percent of mobile data traffic will be carried by 5G networks.

Network coverage

In 2024, more than 40 percent of the world’s population will be covered by 5G.

Ericsson Mobility Report Webinar

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Making fixed wireless access a reality

5G networks are now being built out, and performance and capacity gains are available to be tapped by new use cases – one of the first will be fixed wireless access.

Streaming video – from megabits to gigabytes

Smartphone traffic per subscription will continue to grow in the years ahead, driven by increasing video quality and immersive formats.

Developing the smart wireless manufacturing market

By combining cellular networks with Industrial IoT (IIoT), manufacturing will become more effective and flexible – challenging the traditional connectivity paradigm.

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