April 18, 2024

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In Q2 2023, 5G reached close to 1.3 billion subscriptions globally.

Ericsson Mobility Report

  • In Q2 2023, the number of mobile subscriptions totaled 8.3 billion, with a net addition of 40 million subscriptions during the quarter.
  • India accounted for the most net additions during the quarter (+7 million), followed by China (+5 million) and the US (+3 million).
  • Global mobile subscription penetration was 105 percent.
  • The number of mobile broadband subscriptions grew by about 100 million in the quarter, totaling 7.4 billion, a year-on-year increase of 5 percent. Mobile broadband now accounts for 88 percent of all mobile subscriptions.
  • 5G subscriptions grew by 175 million during the quarter, lifting the total to close to 1.3 billion. Around 260 communications service providers have launched commercial 5G services and around 35 have deployed or launched 5G standalone (SA) networks.
  • 4G subscriptions increased by 11 million, totaling around 5.2 billion and representing 62 percent of all mobile subscriptions. WCDMA/HSPA subscriptions declined by 85 million and GSM/EDGE-only subscriptions dropped by 59 million during the quarter. Other technologies decreased by about 2 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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