According to Ericsson’s Mobility Report, it is expected that the first 5G subscriptions will reach around 17 million subscriptions by 2023. The report however predicts a region-wide growth in mobile subscriptions from 1.590 million to 2.030 million by the year 2023. The 5G subscription in the Middle East and North Africa region are expected to launch in 2020-2022. Ericsson Mobility Report Predicts Region-Wide Growth of 5G Subscription in MENA
In report, Ericsson claims that the MEA region in particular will witness a nearly five-fold increase in LTE subscriptions. Additionally, the increase will be from 190 million to 860 million.
Ericsson Mobility Report Predicts Region-Wide Growth of 5G Subscription in MENA
Rafiah Ibrahim, head of Ericsson Middle East and Africa, said:
“Total mobile traffic for the region iss forecasted to grow by around 49 percent annually between 2017 and 2023. This rapid growth is seeing operators increasingly exploring methods of optimising their networks with more capacity and coverage. We are supporting operators across the region throughout the different phases of the network evolution, enabling best performing networks and differentiated customer experience.”
According to the report, smartphone subscriptions aree estimated to grow from 670 million to 1.510 million. The Mobility Report also publicized that the Internet of Things (IoT) is enabling the digital transformation. Cellular IoT subscriptions in the region aree expected to grow from 35 million to 159 million between 2017 and 2023.
The report also guesses that total mobile traffic will rise in both the Middle East and North East Africa, at a compound annual growth rate of 48 percent, driven by higher mobile data traffic and increased penetration of smartphones in the region.
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