December 6, 2022

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5G reached 690 million subscriptions globally, New Ericsson report shows

The quarterly update of the Ericsson Mobility Report is now out.

Highlights include:

  • In Q2 2022, 5G reached 690 million subscriptions globally.
  • Mobile broadband now accounts for 86 percent of all mobile subscriptions.
  • Mobile network data traffic grew 39 percent between Q2 2021 and Q2 2022 and reached 100 EB/month

In Q2 2022, the total number of mobile subscriptions was around 8.3 billion, with a net addition of 52 million subscriptions during the quarter. 

• China accounted for the most net additions during the quarter (+10 million), followed by India (+7 million) and Indonesia (+4 million).

 • Global mobile subscription penetration was 106 percent.

 • The number of mobile broadband subscriptions grew by about 100 million in the quarter to reach 7.2 billion, a year-on-year increase of 6 percent. Mobile broadband now accounts for 86 percent of all mobile subscriptions.

• 5G subscriptions grew by 70 million during the quarter, lifting the total to 690 million. Meanwhile, 218 communications service providers have launched commercial 5G services and 24 have launched 5G standalone (SA) networks.

 • 4G subscriptions increased by 77 million to around 5 billion, representing 60 percent of all mobile subscriptions, while WCDMA/HSPA subscriptions declined by 41 million. GSM/EDGE-only subscriptions dropped by 48 million during the quarter, and other technologies3 decreased by about 6 million.

• The number of unique mobile subscribers is 6.1 billion. The difference between the number of subscriptions and the number of subscribers is due to inactive subscriptions, multiple device ownership and/or the optimization of subscriptions for different types of calls.

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