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In 2023, the number of 5G subscriptions for enhanced mobile broadband is forecast to reach 1 billion. The evolution to 5G will also enable a range of new use cases transforming business processes and leisure time.

The November 2017 edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report continues to forecast the growth of mobile technology. The number of LTE subscriptions is growing rapidly, and we anticipate that LTE will become the dominant mobile access technology by the end of this year. We also explore mobile data plan trends and why operators need to provide a range of offerings, as well as two different aspects of 5G: enhancing the event experience through digitalized services and consumer expectations for the technology.

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

Updated Ericsson Mobility Report

Covering Q2 subscriptions and traffic data

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Key figures

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


Shifting mobile data consumption and data plans

Analysis of smartphone data highlights that there is no one-size-fits-all mobile data plan – a broad range is required to address the variety of user demands on the market.

Enhancing the event experience

Data illustrates a growing use of mobile services at large events, presenting an opportunity to provide spectators with ever more engaging digital content. 

Millennials’ expectations for 5G

Millennials will most likely set the demands on future digital networks and services due to their technical knowledge and skills, as well as their high expectation levels.

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Data and forecasts

Mobile subscriptions worldwide Q3 2017

There are now 5 billion mobile broadband subscriptions.

Mobile subscriptions worldwide outlook

5G subscriptions will reach 1 billion by the end of 2023.

Mobile subscriptions worldwide by region

In 2023, 37 percent of subscriptions in North America are expected to be for 5G.

Voice over LTE outlook

VoLTE subscriptions are expected to reach 5.5 billion in 2023.

Mobile traffic report Q3 2017

Data traffic grew 65 percent between Q3 2016 and Q3 2017.

Mobile traffic analysis by application category

In 2023, video will account for around 75 percent of mobile data traffic.

Mobile data traffic growth outlook

Global monthly mobile data traffic will surpass 100 ExaBytes (EB) in 2023.

IoT connections outlook

There will be 20 billion connected IoT devices by 2023.

Population coverage

In 2023, more than 20 percent of the world’s population will be covered by 5G.

Mobile network evolution

A total of 14 Gigabit LTE networks have been commercially launched.


Interim Ericsson Mobility Report, February 2018

Ericsson Mobility Report gives you quarterly updates on subscription and mobile traffic data. Here are the figures for Q4 2017.

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