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The broadcast quality mobile video-friendly wireless communications technology known as 5G is on a roll, with commercial launches expected this year and North America leading the way.
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According to the Ericsson Mobility Report, a fifth of global mobile data traffic will be carried on 5G networks in 2023. This is 1.5 times more than the current combined 4G/3G/2G traffic.

North America is expected to lead the 5G uptake, with all major operators planning to roll out 5G between late 2018 and mid-2019. By the end of 2023, close to 50% of all mobile subscriptions in North America are forecast to be for 5G, followed by Northeast Asia at 34%, and Western Europe at 21%.

Globally, major 5G deployments are expected from 2020. Ericsson forecasts over 1 billion 5G subscriptions for enhanced mobile broadband by the end of 2023, accounting for around 12% of all mobile subscriptions.

Mobile data traffic meanwhile is estimated to surge by eight times during the forecast period to reach close to 107 exabytes (EB) per month – a figure that is equal to every mobile subscriber worldwide streaming full HD video for 10 hours.

Like previous mobile access technologies, 5G is expected to be deployed first in dense urban areas with enhanced mobile broadband and fixed wireless access as the first commercial use cases. Other use cases will come from industries such as automotive, manufacturing, utilities and healthcare.

“2018 is the year 5G networks go commercial as well as for large-scale deployments of cellular IoT,” said Fredrik Jejdling, EVP and head of Business Area Networks at Ericsson  . “These technologies promise new capabilities that will impact people’s lives and transform industries. This change will only come about through the combined efforts of industry players and regulators aligning on spectrum, standards and technology.”

First-generation, 5G data-only devices are expected from the second half of 2018. The first commercial smartphones supporting 5G in the mid-bands are expected early next year, while support for very high spectrum bands is expected in early to mid-2019.