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The June 2017 edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report continues to forecast the growth of mobile technology, including IoT connections and LTE. We also explore how the unconnected can be cost-effectively connected by leveraging existing mobile infrastructure, and how attributes of 5G will make public transport via autonomous vehicles safer.

In this edition, four regional versions of the report are also published.

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Key figures

Key figures

A summary of mobile subscription and traffic essentials, mobile traffic growth forecast, and data traffic per smartphone.

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Data and forecasts

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Mobile subscriptions Q1 2017

LTE subscriptions reached a total of 2.1 billion in Q1 2017.

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Mobile subscriptions outlook

5G subscriptions will exceed half a billion by the end of 2022.

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Regional subscriptions outlook

Mobile broadband subscriptions in Middle East and Africa expected to grow almost 3X between 2016 and 2022.

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Voice over LTE outlook

VoLTE subscriptions expected to reach 4.6 billion in 2022.

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Mobile traffic Q1 2017

Data traffic grew 70 percent between Q1 2016 and Q1 2017.

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Mobile traffic by application category

In 2022, video will account for around 75 percent of mobile data traffic.

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Mobile traffic outlook

More than 90 percent of mobile data traffic will come from smartphones in 2022.

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Internet of Things outlook

The first cellular networks supporting massive IoT applications have been launched.

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Population coverage

In 2022, around 15 percent of the world’s population will be covered by 5G.

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Network evolution

Networks are evolving to meet the needs of new use cases with different demands on mobility, data rates, latency, reliability and device density.

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