As indicated in the newest mobility report released recently by Ericsson, the level of mobile data consumption among smartphones in North America will increase at a rate of 37 percent half a dozen years from now. In other words, by the year 2023, the monthly data traffic from mobile handsets will reach a staggering 48 gigabytes. To put that usage into context, note that the monthly consumption last year was at 5.2 gigabytes, while this year is at 7.1 gigabytes every month.
Based on the latest projections from Ericsson, it appears that North American mobile users will be among the most voracious data consumers around the world by 2023. 48 gigabytes per month should put North Americans ahead of Western Europeans (28 gigabytes per month), Central and Eastern Europeans (19 gigabytes per month), and the region comprising India, Nepal and Bhutan (18 gigabytes per month). Moreover, Ericsson is estimating that the United States and Canada will be generating 18 exabytes on a monthly basis by 2023, compared to 2.6 exabytes per month in 2017.
Apart from releasing its predictions with regards to data consumption levels in the next few years, Ericsson also took the opportunity to publish its projections with regards to the adoption of 5G services. According to the tech giant, the number of subscriptions to 5G networks will breach the 1 billion mark by the year 2023. Among the 5G embracing mobile markets across the globe, Ericsson believes that the United States and Canada will likely be the leaders. In its report, the company has pointed out that North America markets currently show the highest penetration of LTE subscriptions, at nearly 80 percent. Because several US and Canadian national wireless carriers have already declared their plans to roll out their respective 5G offerings as early as possible, North America will also likely exhibit very high 5G uptake, with 5G subscriptions to make up 37 percent of the total volume of mobile subscriptions six years from now.
Ericsson’s projections appear to be consistent with the results of a survey recently published by Qualcomm. Based on replies from 6,000 respondents, the world’s foremost manufacturer of mobile chips found that over 86 percent of those surveyed state that faster connectivity will be a priority when they buy their next smartphone. Moreover, around half of those polled claim that once 5G service is made available, they will likely be signing up for an unlimited data plan, presumably to take full advantage of the connection speeds that the 5G era is promising.
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