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Ericsson Mobility Report - June 2023

Ericsson Mobility Report

June 2023

Meeting evolving network requirements

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Communications service providers worldwide are continuing to invest in 5G, driven by the prospect of superior connectivity and emerging opportunities. This comes despite geopolitical unrest and a macroeconomic slowdown in some markets.

New major 5G markets are emerging. India is experiencing massive network deployments, making it the fastest growing 5G market globally. 5G is a critical component in India’s journey to realize its “Digital India” vision. Meanwhile, in North America the addition of mid-band spectrum now enables superior multi-band 5G experiences for many users.

With over 1 billion 5G subscriptions worldwide, service providers in leading 5G markets have been experiencing positive revenue growth over the past 2 years. However, the 5G rollout is still in progress, and the deployment of 5G mid-band spectrum, which offers high capacity and good coverage for superior user experiences, remains limited to around 25 percent of 4G sites globally, with North America ahead and Europe behind.

As global mobile network data traffic continues to grow, with a CAGR of around 25 percent projected through 2028, smart network modernization becomes imperative. Managing this growth while improving the mobile user experience requires continued network evolution. Notably, 5G mid-band build-out is proving to be more energy-efficient and cost-effective compared to the expansion of 4G networks.

In this edition, we uncover insights that highlight key considerations for future network evolution, based on analysis of data traffic growth and patterns across different locations in mobile networks.

As you dive deeper into the report, we address the challenges posed by the next wave of 5G applications, emphasizing the need for new models to rate mobile quality of experience (QoE) to enable the design of networks that meet future service performance needs. As the use of augmented reality (AR) services for mobile devices grows, mobile networks need to be prepared for increased performance requirements, primarily by adding new spectrum and functionality on existing sites. We also explore how Singtel’s deployment of 5G network slicing at the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix demonstrated the commercial opportunities of differentiated connectivity services.

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Data and forecasts

Explore all our latest insights and forecasts, including mobile subscriptions outlook, mobile data traffic outlook and network coverage.

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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.

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North East Asia: A closer look

North East Asia consists of five distinct, vibrant markets at the center of modern digital innovation, with 5G being one of the key enabling technologies.

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With each edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report, we include a number of feature articles, examining various aspects of the mobile industry. Explore the latest developments.

Exploring how traffic patterns drive network evolution

Traffic demand is up to 1,000 times larger in dense urban than rural locations. Analysis of North American and European networks provides insights for service providers as to how they should consider location, plus traffic consumption patterns, when designing networks.

Exploring differentiated services with 5G networks

Network slicing can be successfully monetized through offering premium services to 5G customers, as Singtel proved at the Singapore Grand Prix. With Singtel, this article explores the future of differentiated services over 5G.

AR uptake enabled by mobile networks

AR uptake, and therefore demand for network capacity, is predicted to accelerate in the coming years. In this article, a modeled scenario shows how AR demand is projected to outpace mobile broadband capacity growth, and discusses what additions will be needed to keep pace.

Mobile quality of experience: Network readiness for new services

As consumer expectations on mobile QoE grow alongside the uptake of new services, the need to improve mobile network performance will also rise. Yet, traditional ways of measuring mobile QoE are limited in their usefulness, and new models must be developed.

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