By 2026, there will be 3.5 billion 5G connections worldwide, while their number in India will be around 35 crore. This has been said by leading telecom company Ericsson in a report. Nitin Bansal, head of Ericsson’s network solutions (South East Asia, Oceania and India), says that if the spectrum auction is held early next year, India could get its first 5G connection in 2021. According to the Ericsson Mobility Report-2020, one billion people worldwide, who constitute 15% of the global population, have access to 5G coverage.
According to the report, by 2026, 60 percent of the world’s population will have access to 5G services and by that time the number of 5G customers is expected to increase to 3.5 billion. The number of 5G subscribers in India will cross the figure of 35 crores by that time, which will be 27 percent of the total mobile users.
According to the report, the average traffic per smartphone user per month in India is 15.7 GB, which is the highest in the world. Low prices of mobile broadband services, cheap smartphones and more time spent online by people contribute to the increase in monthly usage in India. The report also said that 4G remains the dominant technology in India in 2020. 63 per cent of the total mobile subscriptions are 4G. 3G is expected to end by 2026.