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Global 5G Connections Are Doubling Every Year

  • Global 5G Connections Reach 813 Million in Q2 2022; Up 112% from Q2 2021
  • Expected to Reach 5.9 Billion by End of 2027, Adding 1 Billion a Year from 2023 to 2027
  • North America 5G Connections Grew 21% Quarterly to Reach 99 Million at End of Q2 2022

BELLEVUE, Wash. –September 21, 2022 –The global uptake of wireless 5G networks is now doubling every year to reach 813 million connections by the end of the second quarter of 2022. According to data from Omdia and 5G Americas, forecast global 5G connections will reach 1.1 billion by the end of this year.

Chris Pearson, President of 5G Americas said, ”The progress of 5G continues throughout the Americas with more spectrum, coverage, and usage. We are entering an era of innovation with an expanding 5G ecosystem that is learning how to take advantage of the technical capabilities of this great technology.”

The doubling of 5G global connections tracks with mobile data use, which is also doubling roughly every year, according to Ericsson. Most recent data from Omdia suggests 430 million global 5G connections were added from Q2 2021 to Q2 2022, representing a 112 percent increase from 383 million to 813 million. Those figures represent 16 percent sequential quarterly growth from 703 million in Q1 2022 to 813million in Q2 2022. Global 5G connections are forecast to again accelerate in 2023, approaching 2 billion and reaching 5.9 billion by the end of 2027.

By region, North America had a total of 99 million 5G and 502 million LTE connections by the end of Q2 2022. This translates into an addition of 17 million 5G connections for the quarter – a gain of 20.7 percent over Q1 2022. Additionally, CTIA notes fast growth in 5G uptake in the United States, which now identifies 315 million Americans covered by 5G and one-third of American adults having an active 5G device. Overall, a total of 137 million 5G connections is projected to come from North America by the end of 2022.

In comparison, 4G LTE is expected to remain strong in Latin America and the Caribbean through the end of 2022. In Q2 2022, there were 540 million 4G LTE connections, representing 6.9 percent quarterly growth with the addition of 34.7 million new LTE subscriptions, a number expected to reach 541 million by year end. Latin America and the Caribbean is projected to have 22 million 5G connections by year end of 2022, and 398 million by 2027.

According to Jose Otero, Vice President of Caribbean and Latin America for 5G Americas, “5G deployment and adoption is progressing in Latin America. Governments will need to continue to work with the industry to streamline processes and provide more radio spectrum to operators in the region. Latin America is an industrial hub of global importance and 5G will provide economic and social benefits for all in the region”. 

Overall, the number of 5G commercial networks globally has reached 233, according to data from TeleGeography and 5G Americas. That number is expected to reach 313 by the end of 2022 and 352 by the end of 2024, representing strong 5G network investment growth in many regions throughout the world. The number of 5G and 4G LTE network deployments as of August 15, 2022, are summarized below:

5G:

  • Global: 233
  • North America: 14
  • Caribbean and Latin America: 26

4G LTE:

  • Global: 699
  • North America: 18
  • Caribbean and Latin America: 131

Visit www.5GAmericas.org for more information, statistical charts, infographic and a list of LTE and 5G deployments by operator and region. Subscriber and forecast data is provided by Omdia and deployment data by TeleGeography (GlobalComm).

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About 5G Americas: The Voice of 5G and LTE for the Americas

5G Americas is an industry trade organization composed of leading telecommunications service providers and manufacturers. The organization’s mission is to facilitate and advocate for the advancement and transformation of LTE, 5G and beyond throughout the Americas. 5G Americas is invested in developing a connected wireless community while leading 5G development for all the Americas. 5G Americas is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington. More information is available at 5G Americas’ website and Twitter.

5G Americas’ Board of Governors Members include Airspan Networks Inc., Antel, AT&T, Ciena, Cisco, Crown Castle, Ericsson, Intel, Liberty Latin America, Mavenir, Nokia, Qualcomm Incorporated, Samsung, Shaw Communications Inc., T-Mobile US, Inc., Telefónica, VMware, and WOM.

Contact:

5G Americas

Viet Nguyen

+1 206 218 6393

Viet.Nguyen@5GAmericas.org

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