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