5G Subscribers March 2023
5G Subscriber Growth
By the end of 2022, there were 1.15 billion 5G subscribers, a rise of over 530 million from 619 million a year earlier. This translates to 85.9% year-on-year growth. 5G subscriptions now account for 10.7% of all global mobile subscriptions, a percentage that is forecast to grow to 16% by the end of 2023 with 1.77 billion subscribers.
Forecast for Subscriptions
According to its latest figures, CCS Insight forecasts there will be 13.57 billion mobile subscriptions globally by the end of 2026.
Forecast for New Phones
Between 2022 and 2026, the share of GSM technology in new mobile phones will fall from 6.5% to 3.4%, and the share represented by W-CDMA/WCDMA-HSPA will drop from 4.7% to just 0.74%. Likewise, LTE, the dominant technology for new mobile devices for over a decade, will also see a decline over the next four to five years, with its share slipping from 44.6% to 20.3%. 5G will continue to make headway between 2022 and 2026, as its market share for new mobile devices grows from 44% to 75.4%, overtaking its predecessor LTE by the end of 2023, with 51.9% and 41.4% respectively.
5G Subscribers March 2023
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