2018 is the year of the first 5G commercial launches and large-scale deployments of the cellular Internet of Things (IoT).
The June 2018 edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report takes a closer look at the trends that will drive the mobile industry over the next five years, with major milestones including the first commercial launches of 5G networks and large-scale deployments of cellular IoT. By 2023, we now estimate around 3.5 billion cellular IoT connections. Meanwhile, 5G will kick off with enhanced mobile broadband as its first use case; by the end of 2023, there will be 1 billion 5G subscriptions. Securing the right spectrum for 5G in low, mid and high bands is especially important in the near-term future.