Ericsson Mobility Report November 2019

Ericsson Mobility Report November 2019

5G momentum continues

In the Ericsson Mobility Report November 2019 edition, we continue to expand our knowledge and projections for the telco industry, looking back at developments over the past year as well as exploring what lies ahead for communications service providers as 5G networks continue to emerge and expand.

By the end of 2025, we expect 5G to have 2.6 billion subscriptions covering up to 65 percent of the world’s population and generating 45 percent of the world’s total mobile data traffic, making it the fastest developing mobile communication technology to have ever been rolled out on a global scale.

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Q4 2019 update

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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 Q3 2019

The total number of mobile subscriptions was around 8 billion in Q3 2019, with 61 million subscriptions added during the quarter.

Mobile subscriptions outlook

A total of 13 million 5G subscriptions are expected by the end of 2019.

5G device outlook

Second-generation chipsets will support 5G ramp-up.

Voice and communication services outlook

VoLTE is the foundation for enabling globally interoperable voice and communication services on 4G and 5G devices, providing high-quality services to consumers and business users.

Regional subscriptions outlook

Mobile broadband subscriptions make up 77 percent of all mobile subscriptions.

Mobile traffic Q3 2019

Mobile data traffic grew 68 percent between Q3 2018 and Q3 2019.

Mobile traffic by application category

Mobile traffic is expected to grow by 27 percent annually between 2019 and 2025. Continuing recent trends, most of this will come from video traffic.

Mobile data traffic outlook

In 2025, 5G networks will carry nearly half of the world’s mobile data traffic.

Network coverage

5G has the potential to cover up to 65 percent of the world’s population in 2025.

IoT connections outlook

NB-IoT and Cat-M technologies are projected to account for more than 50 percent of cellular IoT connections in 2025.

IoT automotive

Mobile networks provide reliable and secure cellular connectivity, meeting different use case requirements of automotive and transport applications.


A strategy for differentiating the 5G experience – SK Telecom

SK Telecom’s 5G cluster-based rollout strategy is centred around providing a premium network experience and a variety of high-quality services in specific locations.

Network performance as a lever for business growth – MTN

Despite relatively low mobile data penetration in Sub-Saharan Africa, leveraging network performance and customer loyalty has been shown to accelerate growth opportunities in the region.

Mobile service packaging trends

Buckets of data are the basis of offerings from the vast majority of service providers but differentiated service packages designed for 5G are on the horizon.