Smartphone subscriptions will more than double by 2020

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Ericsson Mobility Report claims 70 per cent of global population will have a smartphone in five years, with 26 billion connected device overall

More than 70 per cent of the global population will be using a smartphone by 2020, as subscription numbers more than double, according to a report by Ericsson.

The Swedish network manufacturer’s quarterly Mobility Report found there were 7.1 billion mobile subscriptions at the end of 2014, with 2.6 billion smartphone subscriptions. Ericsson expects this figure to more than double to 6.1 billion by 2020, while overall mobile subscriptions increase to 9.2 billion. ericsoon net ads

Mobile broadband subscriptions are also set to boom, according to the report, from 2.9 billion in 2014 to 7.7 billion in 2020. The number of mobile PCs, tablets and routers will also grow, from 250 million to 400 million.

Ericsson senior VP and chief strategy officer Rima Qureshi said: ‘This immense growth in advanced mobile technology and data usage, driven by a surge in mobile connectivity and smartphone uptake, will makes today’s big data revolution feel like the arrival of a floppy disk.

“We see the potential for mass-scale transformation, bringing a wealth of opportunities for telecom operators and others to capture new revenue streams. But it also requires greater focus on cost efficient delivery and openness to new business models to compete and remain effective.” 

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Despite Ericsson’s own research into the next generation of connectivity 5G, the report found that by 2020, pre-4G services, such as GSM/EDGE, will still make up the largest number of connections – 3.8 billion, compared with 3.7 billion LTE (4G) connections

At the end of last year, less than 40 per cent of the global population was covered by 4G networks. Ericsson expects this to grow to more than 70 per cent of the population by 2020.

3G coverage will also increase, from 65 per cent to 90 per cent by 2020, while 2G coverage will increase from 90 per cent to 95 per cent. data traffic

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