5G mobile subscriptions set to touch 150 million by 2021, propelled by increased video consumption: Ericsson report

By November 17th, 2015 AT 7:04 PM

Driven by rising video consumption, the number of 5G mobile users worldwide will touch 150 million by 2021, says the Ericsson Mobility Report.


South Korea, Japan, China and the US will most likely to lead with increased 5G subscription uptake. “5G will connect new types of devices, enabling new use cases related to the Internet of Things (IoT); the transition will open up new industries and verticals to ICT transformation,” it said.

The report, a comprehensive update on mobile trends, also highlighted that global mobile data traffic is forecast to grow ten-fold by 2021, and video is forecast to account for 70 percent of total mobile traffic in the same year.

In many networks today, YouTube accounts for up to 70 percent of all video traffic, while Netflix’s share of video traffic can reach as high as 20 percent in markets where it is available.

Mobile video consumption is driving around six times higher traffic volumes per smartphone in North America and Europe (2015 to 2021). North America data traffic per active smartphone will grow from 3.8 to 22 GB per month by 2021; in Western Europe, the increase is from 2 to 18 GB per month.

Rima Qureshi, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Ericsson, says: “5G is about more than faster mobile services – it will enable new use cases related to the Internet of Things. For example, Ericsson has built a prototype testbed for applying 5G networking functions and data analytics to public transport, which can save resources, reduce congestion, and lower environmental impact. ICT transformation will become even more common across industries as 5G moves from vision to reality in the coming years.”

Having over six years of experience in business journalism, Krishna has a knack for writing on telecom and IT. She believes that tryst with technology is the best thing that has ever happened to the mankind. Krishna is a telecom analyst with CMR

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Madhan Kumar
Madhan Kumar

Not even proper 2g network in our India,5G joke of the decade ha ha.. ..

Kiran Fernandes
Kiran Fernandes

2021 is still really far away. I’ll wait for 4g. 5G will use waves in 20Ghz… Dunno how theyre gonna penetrate buildings… I guess only Artemis Networks will be able to solve the 5G problem..


Telstra Australia already achieved more than 1gbps and officially entered in 5G phase with the help of Ericsson network and they didn’t use 20Ghz for that… They are now planning commercial roll out.. Artemis network jaye tel lagane..

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