India, US to account for 550 million 5G subscribers by 2022

India and North America is expected to lead the 5G revolution with 550 million subscribers in 2022, according to a report by Ericsson Mobility. Indian mobile subscription base has increased the most in terms of net additions throughout the third quarter of 2016. And the second fastest region in the 5G revolution will be the Asia Pacific with 10 percent of all subscriptions in 2022, the report added.

At present, India has 1050 million mobile subscriptions, whereas over 15 million subscriptions were adjoined in the third quarter of 2016. The report further revealed that India has been leading in the subscription base in terms of net additions during the third quarter with around 15 million new subscriptions, followed by China with around 14 million new subscriptions, Indonesia with 6 million, Myanmar with 4 million, and the Philippines with 4 million new subscriptions.

The report said that by the end of 2016, the global smartphone subscription will account to 3.9 billion. Among these, almost 90 percent subscriptions will get registered on WCDMA/HSPA and LTE networks. In 2022, the smartphone subscription base is projected to reach 6.8 billion, whereas over 95 percent of the total subscriptions will be registered on WCDMA/HSPA, LTE, and 5G networks.

At present, almost 90 percent of smartphone subscriptions are said to be on 3G and 4G networks according to the report.

The 5G technology will speed up the digital transformation in numerous industries which will open up new opportunities in IoT, transport, automation, and big data.

84 million new mobile subscriptions were added by the third quarter of 2016 to reach a total of 7.5 billion subscriptions which is growing roughly at 3 percent year-on-year.

The mobile data traffic has persisted in raising which is driven by increased smartphone subscriptions and the increase of average data volume per subscription. The average data volume is accelerated mainly because of the streaming of video content.

Another report of Ericsson Mobility has revealed that the number of VoLTE subscriptions globally has increased strongly during the first 3 quarters and is likely to exceed 200 million till the conclusion of the year. The VoLTE is becoming the typical technology as it has launched commercially in over 80 networks and in around 50 countries across the world. The use of VoLTE technology is expected to speed up and reach to 3.3 billion by the end of 2022. This means more than 60 percent of all LTE subscriptions globally.

The demand for 4G VoLTE mobiles in India has nearly doubled since the launch of Reliance Jio. The interest for 4G VoLTE mobiles is more in small towns than in urban areas, as per the EconomicTimes report.

The Reliance Jio services launched in early September and since then, the internet search volumes for VoLTE phones under Rs 5000 have also increased. The search volumes for VoLTE phone have jumped 40 percent successively in the third quarter. According to Cybermedia Research, over 14 million 4G VoLTE mobiles were shipped into India in the September quarter.


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