More than 60 percent of the global population will be on mobile internet by 2025*
Having passed the 3 billion mark in early 2017, the number of mobile internet users is set to grow rapidly over the next 8 years reaching 5 billion or 61 per cent of the global population by 2025. As unique subscriber growth slows, mobile internet adoption will increasingly become the key metric by which to measure the reach and value created by the mobile industry – according to lead GSMA analyst Mark Giles.
Developing markets will account for most of the growth with an additional 1.56 billion added by 2025, compared to just 185 million within developed markets. This growth is a result of the continued migration from 2G to 3G+ networks.
Annual world capex on infrastructure will actually dip to $639 billion in the four years to 2020, from the $730 billion in the previous four years, while 4G rollouts are completed. Operators in developed markets are currently focused on network densification ahead of rolling out 5G and it is this which is taking centre stage at MWC2018..
Thanks to standards body 3GPP’s decision to bring forward 5G standards last December 5G mobile operators and their partners finally beginning to turn potential into deployment.
“If 2016 was about proof of concept demos and 2017 about trials, then this year is squarely focused on bringing commercial products to market,” said Alan Shah, VP of network strategy for Samsung Electronics America.
The GSMA estimates there will be 1.2 billion 5G connections worldwide by 2025 with networks covering about 40% of the population.
Japanese service provider NTT Docomo is here explaining how it plans to build a 5G network in the Tokyo metropolitan area to support applications including fleets of autonomous vehicles and live Virtual Reality video in the 8K UHD format around the Olympic Games 2020.
5G is helping to bring the industry to “the cusp of hyper connectivity” according to Mats Granryd, Director General of the GSMA, fuelling massive development in IoT Chinese mobile services developer Huawei predicts 40 billion devices able to sense the physical world and map it to digital signals as the world transitions to the fourth industrial revolution.
MWC exhibitors are highlighting applications in smart cities and industry and are urging politicians to free up regulations in order for the networks – which exhibitors here are pitching as fundamental to future world economies and personal wellbeing – to be built.
Despite its rapid rise the IoT is still immature and trust is being built with consumers and businesses warned Paul Williamson, VP and GM of IoT Device IP at chipmaker ARM. “Providing security assurances is critical to enabling continued growth in the IoT ecosystem”.
*according to latest GSMA research
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