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Ericsson Mobility Report update: Global 5G subscriptions close to 1.3 billion in Q2 2023

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Global 5G subscriptions grew by 175 million in Q2 2023, the August 31 Ericsson Mobility Report update shows.

Aug 31, 2023
Ericsson Mobility Report update: Global 5G subscriptions close to 1.3 billion by Q2 2023

The Q2 additions bring the global number of 5G subscriptions close to 1.3 billion. About 260 communications service providers (CSPs) have launched commercial 5G services. About 35 CSPs have launched 5G standalone (SA) networks.

India accounted for the most net addition of mobile subscriptions with seven million during Q2, followed by China (five million) and the US (three million). The four-page August 31 update is an addendum to the full edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report, published in June 2023.

Other information in the Q2 update includes:

  • In Q2 2023, the number of mobile subscriptions totalled 8.3 billion, with a net addition of 40 million subscriptions during the quarter. The number of unique mobile subscribers is 6.1 billion.
  • Global mobile subscription penetration was 105 percent.
  • The number of mobile broadband subscriptions grew by about 100 million in the quarter, totalling 7.4 billion, a year-on-year increase of five percent. Mobile broadband now accounts for 88 percent of all mobile subscriptions.
  • Mobile data traffic grew by 33 percent between Q2 2022 and Q2 2023.
  • 4G subscriptions increased by 11 million, totalling about 5.2 billion and representing 62 percent of all mobile subscriptions.
  • WCDMA/HSPA subscriptions declined by 85 million and GSM/EDGE-only subscriptions dropped by 59 million during the quarter. Other technologies fell by about two million.

The report can be downloaded here.

NOTE: This article was updated on September 4. The original article referenced Q2 2023 growth figures for India, China and the USA as 5G subscriptions, not all mobile subscriptions. We apologize for the error, which was limited to this article. The related report pdf was not affected.