Ericsson Mobility Report November 2020: Update

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Ericsson Mobility Report November 2020

Subscriptions

In 2026, 3.5 billion 5G subscriptions are forecast, accounting for 40 percent of all mobile subscriptions

Critical IoT

Time-critical services for consumers, as well as enterprises, will be enabled when Critical IoT is introduced with 5G networks

Co-written article with AT&T

The challenges of 2020 have put FirstNet, the US’s dedicated first responder network built and managed by AT&T, to the test

5G is here and happening

This year will go down in history as one which saw widespread global disruption, caused by a pandemic that has shaken every economy and significantly impacted everyday life. It has been a big strain on everyone, no matter where in the world you live. While countries may have differed in their approaches to containing the virus, all face a future with irreversible changes in the ways that we live and work. In retrospect, 2020 will probably also be known as the year when society as a whole took a giant leap forward in our digitalization journey.

The fundamental need for good connectivity is a cornerstone for this change, clearly visible in this edition of
the Ericsson Mobility Report as the demand for capacity and coverage of cellular networks continues to grow. 5G is no longer just a novelty. Instead it is entering the next phase, when many new devices and end-user applications make the most out of the technological benefits it provides, while communications service providers worldwide continue the build-out of 5G.
By the end of this year over 1 billion people, or 15 percent of the world’s population, will live in 5G coverage areas.

2020 has also proven to be an exceptional year for cellular networks used for public safety applications. Together with AT&T, we have looked into how FirstNet – the nationwide network deployed to serve first responders in the US – stood up to the test of this year’s emergencies related to the pandemic, one of the most active hurricane seasons on record, and severe wildfires.

As society rapidly changes, it is clear that cellular networks are a critical infrastructure that will continue to support many aspects of our everyday life.

Ericsson Mobility Report November 2020

Ericsson Mobility Report November 2020

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