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The power of 5G is here and will continue to spread across the globe in the coming years.

In the Ericsson Mobility Report June 2019 edition, we continue to expand our knowledge and projections for the telco industry, as well as explore what lies ahead for communications service providers as 5G and other industry-changing technologies emerge.

By the end of 2024, we predict that 5G subscriptions will reach 1.9 billion, 35 percent of traffic will be carried by 5G networks and up to 65 percent of the global population could be covered by the technology. This makes it the fastest generation to be rolled out on a global scale.

Key figures

A summary of mobile subscription and traffic essentials, including our mobile data traffic growth and data traffic per smartphone forecasts.

Data and forecasts

Mobile subscriptions Q1 2019

The total number of mobile subscriptions was around 7.9 billion in Q1 2019, with 44 million new subscriptions added during the quarter.

Mobile subscriptions outlook

The strong momentum for 5G continues.

IoT connections outlook

NB-IoT and Cat-M technologies will account for close to 45 percent of cellular IoT connections in 2024.

5G device outlook

5G smartphones in all three spectrum bands are expected to be available in 2019.

Voice and communication services outlook

VoLTE is the foundation for enabling voice and communication services on 5G devices. Subscriptions are expected to reach 2.1 billion by the end of 2019.

Regional subscriptions outlook

All regions now have mobile broadband subscription penetration of 50 percent or higher.

Mobile traffic Q1 2019

Mobile data traffic grew 82 percent between Q1 2018 and Q1 2019.

Mobile traffic by application category

Mobile traffic is expected to grow by 30 percent annually between 2018 and 2024. Continuing recent trends, most of this should come from video traffic.

Mobile data traffic outlook

In 2024, 5G networks will carry 35 percent of mobile data traffic globally.

Network coverage

5G can cover up to 65 percent of the world’s population in 2024.

Private networks

The need for Land Mobile Radio (LMR) modernization, together with industry digitalization, are driving the market.

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Articles

Network evolution strategies towards 5G

Evolving networks today will ensure a smooth 5G switch-on tomorrow. MTS, in Russia, describes how an operator’s preparation for the introduction of 5G technology requires modernization of the existing mobile network infrastructure.

Experiences from smart fixed wireless access deployment

Fixed wireless access (FWA) service deployment in a 4G (LTE) network can pave the way for a successful 5G FWA market introduction. Turkcell, in Turkey, describes how an operator’s digitalization of its FWA service provisioning process can lead to higher customer satisfaction and fewer complaints.

Superior media experiences by broadcasting content

A mobile radio network can switch on a broadcast service, enabling new use cases and improving both user experience and network efficiency. Telstra, in Australia, describes how an operator’s LTE-B solution can be applied to streaming live sports events.

Applying AI to mobile radio site management

Ericsson Research demonstrates that a computer vision application using artificial intelligence (AI) techniques can improve radio tower inspections by detecting and diagnosing cabling problems.

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