5G will create new use cases related to IoT: Ericsson

|November 17, 2015 0

NEW DELHI, INDIA: South Korea, Japan, China and the US will  lead with the first, and fastest, 5G subscription uptake, forecasts the recent Ericsson Mobility Report.

150 million 5G mobile subscriptions have been forecast by 2021 in the report. 5G will connect new types of devices, enabling new use cases related to the Internet of Things (IoT); the transition will open up new industries and verticals to ICT transformation.

Rima Qureshi, Senior Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, Ericsson, says: “ICT transformation will become even more common across industries as 5G moves from vision to reality in the coming years.”

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Other highlights from the latest Ericsson Mobility Report include:

Video dominates data traffic: Global mobile data traffic is forecast to grow ten-fold by 2021, and video is forecast to account for 70 percent of total mobile traffic in the same year. In many networks today, YouTube accounts for up to 70 percent of all video traffic, while Netflix’s share of video traffic can reach as high as 20 percent in markets where it is available.

Mainland China overtakes the US as world’s largest LTE market: By the end of 2015, Mainland China will have 350 million LTE subscriptions – nearly 35 percent of the world’s total LTE subscriptions. The market is predicted to have 1.2 billion LTE subscriptions by 2021.

Africa becomes an increasingly connected continent: Five years ago (2010) there were 500 million mobile subscriptions across Africa; by the end of 2015 this number will double to 1 billion. Increased connectivity improves the prospect of financial inclusion for the 70 percent unbanked through mobile money services starting to take form across Africa.

ICT powers the low-carbon economy: ICT will enable savings in energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across all other industrial sectors. The total emission reduction could be up to 10 gigatonnes of CO2e, representing about 15 percent of global GHG emissions in 2030 – more than the current carbon footprint of the US and EU combined.

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