Ericsson Mobility Report

November 2021

Ericsson Mobility Report November 2021

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Over the last 10 years, mobile technology has had an incredible impact on society and business, above and beyond what anyone could have imagined.

With this edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report, we take a look back at some of the key trends and events that have shaped the last decade as we celebrate the 10-year anniversary of this report.

Rather than only looking back, it is more interesting to reflect on the learnings of the past 10 years and apply them to the future. If the last decade saw a lot of change, it’s probably nothing compared to what we expect to happen in the next. When we lift our gaze to 2027 and consider the 5G subscription forecast, which estimates that around half of all mobile subscriptions will be for 5G at that time, it is clear that underneath the numbers lies a continuous change in how we act, live and work.

The pandemic has shown us how fast things can change, and how critical a digital infrastructure is to society. 5G is entering a new phase, where not only will consumers benefit from new applications, but also businesses and industries will take advantage of new capabilities. No doubt, the pace of change will continue to be high, and 5G will play a key role in our lives.

The Ericsson Mobility Report aims to continue its mission to be a beacon for the mobile industry, shining at least some light onto what that future might look like. 

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Find out more about the industry’s development by exploring our new feature articles.

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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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A closer look at Latin America

How is 5G deployment aiding economic recovery in LATAM? Dive into an in-depth analysis.

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The journey

The last decade has seen the Ericsson Mobility Report far outgrow its humble origins as the Traffic and Market Data Report. See how the Ericsson Mobility Report has evolved and impacted the industry over the years.

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A decade of industry-leading insights

November 2021 marks the 10-year anniversary of the Ericsson Mobility Report and its eagerly anticipated industry analysis and forecasts.

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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.

Building 5G infrastructure for the digital future

High performance networks as the foundation for digital transformation. Written in cooperation with Far EasTone.

Network build-out to boost digitalization

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is undergoing a radical, nationwide digital transformation. Written in cooperation with STC.

Time-to-content: Benchmarking network performance

We outline an objective method to measure and benchmark the network performance required for a positive user experience.

Building sustainable networks

Mobile data traffic is projected to grow significantly, but service providers must simultaneously reduce energy consumption.

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Read the latest forecasts analyzing predicted trends in mobile subscriptions, traffic, coverage and more, up to 2027.

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Mobility Calculator

Explore the relationship between the usage of various app types and monthly traffic per subscription with our interactive tool.

Mobility Visualizer

Explore the forecast data that underpins the Ericsson Mobility Report in our interactive web application.