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Key figures

The Ericsson Mobility Report brings you the latest global and regional mobile statistics. See the tables below for past, current and forecast figures for mobile subscriptions, mobile traffic and more.

Global key figures

Mobile subscriptions 2022 2023 Forecast 2029 CAGR* 2023–2029 Unit
Worldwide mobile subscriptions 8,310 8,460 9,210 1% million
  • Smartphone subscriptions
6,620 6,970 8,060 2% million
  • Mobile PC, tablet and mobile router subscriptions
230 260 510 12% million
  • Mobile broadband subscriptions
7,090 7,470 8,740 3% million
  • Mobile subscriptions, GSM/EDGE-only
1,110 890 380 -13% million
  • Mobile subscriptions, WCDMA/HSPA
1,040 850 270 -17% million
  • Mobile subscriptions, LTE
5,180 5,130 3,210 -8% million
  • Mobile subscriptions, 5G
963 1,570 5,330 23% million
  • Fixed wireless access connections
107 132 330 17% million
Fixed broadband connections 1,450 1,530 1,850 3% million
Mobile data traffic 2022 2023 Forecast 2029 CAGR* 2023–2029 Unit
  • Data traffic per smartphone
16 21 56 18% GB/month
  • Data traffic per mobile PC
20 22 34 8% GB/month
  • Data traffic per tablet
12 14 33 16% GB/month
Total data traffic** 2022 2023 Forecast 2029 CAGR* 2023–2029 Unit
Mobile data traffic 97 130 403 21% EB/month
  • Smartphones
95 128 398 21% EB/month
  • Mobile PCs and routers
0.8 1 2.4 16% EB/month
  • Tablets
0.7 0.9 2.8 21% EB/month
Fixed wireless access 22 30 159 32% EB/month
Total mobile network traffic 119 160 563 23% EB/month
Total fixed data traffic 270 330 660 12% EB/month

Regional key figures

Mobile subscriptions 2022 2023 Forecast 2029 CAGR* 2023–2029 Unit
North America 420 430 470 2% million
Latin America 710 720 790 2% million
Western Europe 540 550 560 0% million
Central and Eastern Europe 560 560 560 0% million
North East Asia 2,160 2,200 2,260 0% million
China1 1,690 1,720 1,760 0% million
South East Asia and Oceania 1,140 1,160 1,310 2% million
India, Nepal and Bhutan 1,150 1,160 1,270 1% million
Middle East and North Africa 730 740 850 2% million
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)2 75 76 81 1% million
Sub-Saharan Africa 900 940 1,130 3% million
Smartphone subscriptions 2022 2023 Forecast 2029 CAGR* 2023–2029 Unit
North America 360 370 390 1% million
Latin America 570 600 690 2% million
Western Europe 440 460 490 1% million
Central and Eastern Europe 410 410 450 2% million
North East Asia 2,020 2,060 2,160 1% million
China1 1,600 1,640 1,700 1% million
South East Asia and Oceania 950 970 1,160 3% million
India, Nepal and Bhutan 870 950 1,180 4% million
Middle East and North Africa 560 600 780 5% million
GCC2 63 64 72 2% million
Sub-Saharan Africa 420 460 760 9% million
LTE subscriptions 2022 2023 Forecast 2029 CAGR* 2023–2029 Unit
North America 230 160 40 -21% million
Latin America 520 540 290 -10% million
Western Europe 420 380 80 -23% million
Central and Eastern Europe 420 460 280 -8% million
North East Asia 1,420 1,230 430 -16% million
China1 1,050 890 260 -19% million
South East Asia and Oceania 630 720 680 -1% million
India, Nepal and Bhutan 850 860 390 -12% million
Middle East and North Africa 420 470 470 0% million
GCC2 55 44 3 -35% million
Sub-Saharan Africa 265 330 550 9% million
5G subscriptions 2022 2023 Forecast 2029 CAGR* 2023–2029 Unit
North America 170 260 430 9% million
Latin America 10 28 400 N/A million
Western Europe 67 139 480 23% million
Central and Eastern Europe 5 14 280 N/A million
North East Asia 646 890 1,800 12% million
China1 569 769 1,480 12% million
South East Asia and Oceania 33 57 550 N/A million
India, Nepal and Bhutan 10 130 860 N/A million
Middle East and North Africa 18 44 350 N/A million
GCC2 13 26 75 19% million
Sub-Saharan Africa 3 11 180 N/A million
Data traffic per smartphone 2022 2023 Forecast 2029 CAGR* 2023–2029 Unit
North America 19 26 66 17% GB/month
Latin America 12 15 50 22% GB/month
Western Europe 22 27 64 16% GB/month
Central and Eastern Europe 16 19 43 15% GB/month
North East Asia 18 21 64 20% GB/month
China1 18 22 66 20% GB/month
South East Asia and Oceania 16 24 66 19% GB/month
India, Nepal and Bhutan 25 31 75 16% GB/month
Middle East and North Africa 14 17 45 17% GB/month
GCC2 26 30 66 14% GB/month
Sub-Saharan Africa 5 6.7 23 22% GB/month
Total mobile data traffic 2022 2023 Forecast 2029 CAGR* 2023–2029 Unit
North America 6.8 9.6 27 18% EB/month
Latin America 5.8 7.8 30 25% EB/month
Western Europe 8.8 11 28 16% EB/month
Central and Eastern Europe 4.8 6.3 15 15% EB/month
North East Asia 30 37 116 21% EB/month
China1 20 26 88 23% EB/month
South East Asia and Oceania 14 21 69 22% EB/month
India, Nepal and Bhutan 18 26 73 19% EB/month
Middle East and North Africa 6.8 9 31 23% EB/month
GCC2 1.3 1.5 3.8 16% EB/month
Sub-Saharan Africa 1.8 2.7 15 33% EB/month

1. These figures are also included in the figures for North East Asia.

2. These figures are also included in the figures for Middle East and North Africa.

* CAGR is calculated on unrounded figures.

** Figures are rounded (see methodology) and therefore summing up of rounded data may result in slight differences from the actual total.

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