Video content consumption increases as 5G connections reach 690m

Video content consumption increases as 5G connections reach 690m
Video content consumption increases as 5G connections reach 690m

The number of 5G connections worldwide reached 690 million at the end of June 2022, representing 8.3% of all cellular subscriptions, according to the latest market report from Ericsson, which estimates that the 5G market is on the rise. to reach one billion lines by the end of this year.

According to Ericsson Mobility Report for Q2, the provider noted that 5G subscriptions increased by 70 million in the three months to the end of June as operators continued to roll out their next-generation mobile networks, including standalone 5G systems (SA ). By the end of the second quarter, 218 CSPs had launched commercial 5G services, and 24 operators had deployed 5G SA networks.

On August 24, Nigeria via MTN joined the league of countries that have deployed the technology. MTN, which carried out a pilot project, planned to reach seven cities including Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Ibadan, Kano, Owerri and Maiduguri by the end of the year. Mafab Communications, on the other hand, was given a five-year extension to roll out its services in the country.

Ericsson said global numbers will only increase further and perhaps even faster as more markets allocate 5G spectrum and operators invest heavily in licenses – a prime example is the recent auction record $19 billion 5G in India, where 5G services are expected to become available as early as October in some major cities.

The Swedish provider previously noted that if 5G subscriptions do indeed exceed 1 billion by the end of the year, it will be “the most deployed mobile communications technology in history.”

But while 5G is in the limelight these days, the global reality is that over 90% of cellular connections are through previous generations of mobile technology. The total number of global mobile connections stood at around 8.3 billion at the end of June, up from just 52 million in the second quarter, with most of the net gains coming from China (10 million), India (seven million ) and Indonesia (Four million). The table below provides a breakdown by region:

However, the number of unique mobile subscribers is lower, estimated by Ericsson at around 6.1 billion: the difference comes from various factors, such as inactive subscriptions and the possession of several devices and/or connections by individuals, a explained the company.

The cellular network technology with most subscriptions is still 4G, as its penetration has increased by 77 million to about five billion, accounting for 60% of all mobile connections.

While 4G and 5G numbers continue to rise, 3G connections fell by 41 million, while 2G-only subscriptions fell by 48 million.

Unsurprisingly, data traffic volumes on mobile networks grew 39% year-over-year to reach 100 exabytes (EB) per month globally. In comparison, data traffic in Q2 2021 was just over 70 EB/month.

The main drivers of the increase include the increase in the number of smartphone subscriptions as well as an increase in the average volume of data consumed per subscription, driven mainly by the increase in video traffic.

The report also highlighted variations in mobile subscription penetration rates in different parts of the world. While the global figure stood at 106% in the second quarter of 2022, it was lowest in India (including Nepal and Bhutan) at 78%, followed by Africa, with a penetration rate of 86 %. The other side of the coin was Central and Eastern Europe (including Russia), where subscription penetration was 140%, followed by Western Europe at 129% for the period.

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