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Ericsson forecast 1 Billion 5G subscriptions in 2023

Ericsson has released an update on its Mobility Report for Nov 2017.

The report explains that mobile networks now cover around 95% of the world’s population and LTE is the fastest-deployed mobile communication technology to date, in terms of build-out and subscription uptake.

Ericsson also forecast that mobile broadband population coverage will grow to over 95% in 2023 and 5G population coverage will reach over 20% in 2023. Higher spectrum bands will be important for 5G and Ericsson forecast 1 billion subscriptions for enhanced mobile broadband in 2023.

Continued increasing consumer demand for video on mobile, embedded video and emerging video formats is driving strong growth in mobile video traffic with mobile video traffic forecast to grow by around 50% annually through to 2023.

Some of the exciting trends and takeaways from the report are as follows:

  • Consumer demand for mobile data continues to grow and there is a shift towards plans with higher data allowances; although there is steady demand for a broad mix of plans. Read the detailed article on shifting mobile data consumption and plans here.
  • Large sporting and other events are providing opportunities for live streaming and engaging via social networks. Operators now plan to use 5G technologies to showcase enhanced spectator experience at upcoming events, such as at the 2018 sports event in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and the 2020 sports event in Tokyo. Large events present an opportunity for operators and organizers to provide visitors with additional digital services throughout the entire experience. Read more here.
  • In 2023, there will be 9.1 billion mobile subscriptions, 8.5 billion mobile broadband subscriptions and 6.2 billion unique mobile subscribers
  • Over 20 massive IoT cellular networks have now been commercially launched and Ericsson forecast that there will be 20 billion connected IoT devices by 2023
  • Data traffic grew 65% between Q3 2016 and Q3 2017
  • Total mobile data traffic is expected to rise at a compound annual growth rate of 42%
  • Monthly global mobile data traffic will surpass 100EB in 2023
  • Social networking will increase by 34% annually over the next 6 years

Final NTP results cannot confirm mobile phone cause cancer in humans

The long awaited final results of the decade-spanning US National Toxicology Program on radiofrequency energy exposure has found no consistent effects in male and female mice and rats exposed to mobile phone signals for their whole life (2 years). However, in a sub-section of the study, researchers found that at the highest doses for the longest periods of time, cellphone radiation might cause a rare cancer in male rats. “High exposure to radiofrequency radiation (RFR) in rodents resulted in tumours in tissues surrounding nerves in the hearts of male rats, but not female rats or any mice, according to draft studies from the National Toxicology Program (NTP),” said a press release from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences where the program is headquartered.

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Mobiles, lightning risks and other myths

Mobile phones do not have any characteristics which would make them attractive to lightning strikes. While it is sensible to avoid using a fixed- line (copper wire) phone during a thunderstorm; the same precaution does not apply to mobile phones or fibre optic cable (e.g. NBN).

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Mobile tips for School leavers

Most schoolies will be keeping in touch with parents via their mobiles and so we think it's important that parents stay engaged via SMS or social media with their kids so that they know they can reach out for help if they do get caught in a sticky situation.


Interference to mobile networks - Buyer Beware!

Interference to the mobile network can cause calls to drop out, data speeds to drop and impact on network performance. In the worst case, it can prevent someone else from making a call to Triple Zero in an emergency. The ACMA has now made available a consumer factsheet on interference that explains some of the common causes of interference and what you should do if you are contacted by a mobile network operator about interference to their network.