Worldwide 5G wireless adoption has entered a phase of rapid acceleration, according to 5G Americas. The previous assertion is made after learning that, after three full years of growth, the adoption of 5G wireless reaches 701 million connections at the end of the first quarter of 2022.
Omdia data projects connections worldwide to be 1.2 billion by the end of this year, according to the 5G and LTE Voice and Wireless Industry Association for the Americas.
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“5G continues to be steadily deployed in connected devices, coverage and spectrum across the Americas at the start of a new era of innovation. Customers continue to rely on mobile communications networks and devices for new flexible work environments and social interactions during this pandemic,” said Chris Pearson, President of 5G Americas.
According to Omdia, the world added 410 million 5G connections from Q1 2021 to Q1 2022, which represents an increase of 141%, from 291 million to 701 million. Successively, there was a growth of 17% in a quarter, from 598 million in Q4 of 2021 to 701 million in Q1 of 2022.
Projections indicate that 5G connections in the world would accelerate again in 2023 to reach 2,000 million, and that by the end of 2026 they would reach 4,800 million.
Omdia Principal Analyst Kristin Paulin said: “Oceania, East and Southeast Asia, and in particular China, continue to drive global trends, with this region accounting for 81.1% of total 5G subscriptions to the world. end of Q1 2022. It is followed by North America, with the second largest share of 5G subscribers, with 11.7% at the end of Q1 2022.”
4G LTE for Latin America
4G LTE is anticipated to continue to be the leading wireless cellular technology in Latin America and the Caribbean for the time being, with Omdia forecasting that 4G LTE growth will remain strong in the region through the end of 2022.
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In Q1 2022, there were 506 million 4G LTE connections, representing a quarterly growth of 3.4% with the addition of 16.4 million new LTE subscriptions.
That number is expected to reach 535 million as 5G adoption begins to overtake 4G LTE by the end of 2022. Projections indicate that Latin America and the Caribbean will have 28 million 5G connections by the end of 2022, and 307 million in 2026.
Number of 5G and 4G LTE Network Deployments:
5G:Global: 224North America: 14Latin America and the Caribbean: 25
LTE 4G:Global: 703North America: 19Latin America and the Caribbean: 130