Telecom firm Ericsson (Sweden) predicts China will account for 175 million of the 220 million global 5G subscribers in 2020.
“The number we estimate is based on higher than expected 5G growth in China. The country’s 5G user base is growing stronger than ever, thanks to the country’s strategic focus, the fierce competition. between service providers and the number of affordable 5G smartphones increased rapidly “, quoted Ericsson’s November 2020 mobile market report.
According to Ericsson, the number of new 5G subscribers in China accounted for 11% of all mobile users. This is a sharp increase in the context that the country is racing with the US to lead in areas of advanced technology such as artificial intelligence, 5G and IoT.
Data from Ericsson’s report also shows that the percentage of new 5G subscribers in North America and Europe will only reach 4% and 1% by the end of this year, respectively.
5G is considered a fundamental element in the new high-tech infrastructure system in China. The next generation mobile network will play an important role in fostering the connections between businesses and users, and are seen as the fundamental technology to transform industries from manufacturing and mining to manufacturing. health care and education.
“The value of 5G applications is huge. China understands this and is working to push it, especially for industrial applications,” the spokesman said.
In early November, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said it had built nearly 700,000 5G base stations since June 2019, more than the rest of the world combined. Of which, about 500,000 5G base stations will only be completed in the first 9 months of 2020, 3 months earlier than expected.
In the report, Ericsson predicts that more than 1 billion people globally, or 15 percent of the world’s population, will live in areas with 5G coverage by the end of this year. “The pandemic has highlighted the role wireless has played in life. It has also served as a catalyst for accelerating the deployment of new technologies like 5G,” said Fredrik Jejdling, vice president of Ericsson.
The Ericsson report also said that by 2026, 60% of the world’s population will have access to 5G coverage, of which the number of network users is estimated at 3.5 billion subscribers. North America will be the next fastest-growing region after China.