In terms of 5G expansion, the western part of Europe is a bit behind. This is a result of the latest Ericsson Mobility Report, which was published in Stockholm on Wednesday. In Northeast Asia (including China and South Korea), nine percent of all mobile phone contracts had already been switched to 5G by the end of 2020. In Western Europe, this value is one percent.
By 2026, the study predicts dynamic growth in North America in particular. There, the 5G share will increase from four percent (2020) to 84 percent. In Northeast Asia, on the other hand, only two thirds (65 percent) of all mobile phone contracts would use 5G by 2026. In absolute numbers, however, the Asians are way ahead with 1.4 billion 5G contracts. The study expects 340 million 5G contracts for North America.
In Western Europe, 4G (LTE) is currently the dominant access technology and accounts for 78 percent of all contracts . Ericsson predicts that 4G will drop to 27 percent in 2026 due to the move to 5G. Older standards such as UMTS (3G) are almost completely disappearing. The postponement of some frequency auctions has an impact on the use and coverage of 5G in the region. The 5G penetration will reach around 69 percent by the end of 2026 despite the lag in the start.
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More determined than the Europeans are the Arab Gulf States. In the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), digital initiatives would be state funded, which would also accelerate the introduction of 5G. In 2019, the GCC markets were among the first in the world to introduce commercial 5G services. In 2026, the Gulf States would be in second place behind North America with a 5G share of 73 percent.
The Swedish network equipment supplier predicts that the number fixed wireless access (FWA) is expected to reach nearly 180 million by the end of 2026. Up to this point in time, mobile communications for your own four walls will account for around 20 percent of global mobile network data traffic.
The wireless landline connections via 4G or 5G will compete with classic broadband connections such as DSL, cable internet or fiber optic connections. They are especially cheaper to provide on the “last mile” because you do not have to lay cables from the distribution box into the apartments or offices. dpa