Ericsson analyses the mobile future

The telecommunications giant has published its annual “Mobility Report” focusing on the mobile market. An in-depth analysis of the current situation and projected growth trends with a 2022 horizon. The report is laden with graphics and tables that depict a world increasingly connected via mobile devices, which are a driving force of development especially for less developed countries.

Ericsson Mobility Report

The Ericsson Mobility Report, published every year by the company, is one of the most important analysis documents among those dedicated to the mobile sector. Extensive and wide-ranging, it is organised into 6 different parts: a general section dedicated to a global vision of the market, and five regional focus sections (Western Europe, Central and Western Europe, Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Easter Africa). The report provides an overview of the current level of connections worldwide, both in terms of the number of subscriptions and individual users, and in terms of the volumes of traffic generated. At the same time, it tries to envisage the possible growth trends with a 2022 horizon.

A mobile future

After reading the entire Ericsson Mobility Report, it is clear that the future of the network is essentially moving towards mobile devices. To date there are 7.5 billion mobile subscriptions, with a global penetration rate now at 101%; of these 55% are smartphones. Individual users, however, account for 5.1 billion. Forecasts for 2022 indicate 8.9 billion subscriptions and 6.1 billion users, an exponential growth that will give rise to a data traffic boom. And even in this case, smartphones will dominate: the traffic from these devices, in fact, will increase 10-fold.  The other very interesting fact that emerges from the Ericsson Mobility Report concerns the development of the 5G network, considered the new frontier of digitalisation According to the analysis, in 2022 5G connections will reach 550 million.