India’s 5G subscriptions to surpass 350 mn

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India’s 5G subscriptions to surpass 350 million accounting for 27 percent of all mobile subscriptions by the end of 2026 according to Ericsson Mobility Report.

5G will represent around 27 percent of mobile subscriptions in India at the end of 2026, estimated at about 350 million subscriptions. LTE will continue to be the dominant technology in India in 2026 accounting for 63% of mobile subscriptions.

Mobile broadband technologies accounted for 67 percent of mobile subscriptions in 2020, and this figure is predicted to reach 91 percent by 2026, when the total number of mobile broadband subscriptions is set to reach close to 1.2 billion.

In India, the reliance of people on their mobile networks to stay connected as well as work from home during COVID-19 has contributed to the average traffic per smartphone user increasing from 13.5 GB per month in 2019 to 15.7 GB per month in 2020. The average traffic per smartphone is expected to further increase to around 37 GB per month in 2026.

Globally, Ericsson forecasts 3.5 billion 5G subscriptions by the end of 2026, estimated to account for more than 50 percent of mobile data traffic. More than one billion people will have access to 5G coverage by the end of 2020 globally. Ericsson projects that four out of every ten mobile subscriptions in 2026 will be 5G.

The report estimates that by the end of 2020, more than 1 billion people – 15 percent of the world’s population – will live in an area that has 5G coverage rolled out. In 2026, 60 percent of the world’s population will have access to 5G coverage, with 5G subscriptions forecast to reach 3.5 billion.

FWA connections are forecast to grow more than threefold and reach more than 180 million by the end of 2026, accounting for about a quarter of total mobile network data traffic.

Fredrik Jejdling, Executive Vice President and Head of Networks, Ericsson said, “5G is entering the next phase, when new devices and applications make the most out of the benefits it provides, while service providers continue to build out 5G. Mobile networks are a critical infrastructure for many aspects of everyday life, and 5G will be key to future economic prosperity.”

Patrik Cerwall, Head of Strategic Marketing Insights and Editor of Ericsson Mobility Report said, “Low prices for mobile broadband services, affordable smartphones and increased time spent by people online all contribute to monthly usage growth in India. Accordingly, total traffic is projected to quadruple in India, reaching 35 EB per month in 2026.”

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