Ericsson Mobility Report: North Africa's 5G Growth Amid Macroeconomic Challenges

5G continues to grow faster than any previous mobile generation. 5G Middle East and North Africa mobile subscriptions are expected to reach 270 million by the end of 2028 Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) forecast has been revised upwards and is expected to reach 300 million connections within six years.

The November 2022 edition of Ericsson’s Mobility Report projects that in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, 5G subscriptions are expected to grow steadily from 24 million to 270 million through the end of 2028, accounting for 31 % of total connections at this time.

Data traffic growth will continue as more subscribers switch to 4G, and 5G coverage will expand in the period leading up to 2028, with average data traffic per smartphone increasing by 24% per year.

Currently, 4G accounts for 56% of mobile subscriptions in the MENA region, with 4G subscriptions expected to grow from 430 million in 2022 to 550 million in 2028, resulting in over 60% of subscriptions in the region being 4G in 2028. Monthly smartphone data traffic in the MENA region will increase by 24%, from 11 GB per month in 2022 to 38 GB per month in 2028.

Nora Wahby, Vice President and Head of Customer Unit West Africa and Morocco, Ericsson, said: “The latest edition of Ericsson’s Mobility Report has given us a statistical snapshot of what we are seeing. already in terms of the rapid deployment of 5G. and the growing demand for fixed wireless access. The growth projected for the year 2028 is phenomenal, especially for the Middle East and North Africa region. »

The number of 5G subscriptions worldwide is expected to well exceed one billion by the end of this year, and reach five billion by the end of 2028, despite current and future economic challenges in many parts of the world. . On 5G itself, around 110 million subscriptions were added globally between July and September 2022, bringing the total to around 870 million. As predicted in previous reports, 5G is expected to reach one billion subscriptions by the end of the year, two years faster than 4G after its launch. This statistic reinforces 5G as the fastest growing generation of mobile connectivity.

By the end of 2028, there will be an estimated five billion 5G subscriptions worldwide, or 55% of all subscriptions. By the same date, 5G population coverage is expected to reach 85%, while 5G networks are expected to carry around 70% of mobile traffic and account for all traffic growth.

The report also predicts faster-than-expected growth in fixed wireless access (FWA) connections around the world. FWA – the wireless alternative to wired broadband connectivity for homes and businesses – is one of the first major use cases for 5G, especially in regions with underserved or unserved markets at the top. throughput. FWA is expected to grow 19% annually through 2022-28 and reach 300 million connections by the end of 2028.

The total number of mobile subscriptions is expected to reach 8.4 billion by the end of 2022, and 9.2 billion by the end of 2028. While most subscriptions are associated with smartphones, at the end of 2022, we estimates the number of smartphone subscriptions at 6.6 billion, representing approximately 79% of all mobile phone subscriptions.

The report also highlights the importance of reducing environmental impact. The telecommunications sector has a key role to play in achieving global sustainability goals, both by reducing its own emissions and through its potential to reduce carbon emissions in other industries.

To reduce environmental impact, growing data traffic must be managed through smart network modernization, combined with a balanced approach to network performance.

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