1.8 billion 5G connections in 2025

The 2021 edition of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona began yesterday, after the cancellation of last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The main topic of the event is obviously 5G technology. The GSMA, the association that organizes the MWC, has published the report “The Mobility Economy 2021” which includes some forecasts, such as the 1.8 billion 5G connections in 2025. 5G coverage on the rise, but 4G can grow further The GSMA points out that the pandemic had little impact on the spread of the 5G. Indeed, in some countries, operators have accelerated the activation of their networks, driven by the government and by the demand for broadband connectivity. According to the association’s data, 1.8 billion 5G connections are expected in 2025, equal to about 21% of the total.The markets with the highest adoption rate will be those in the Asia-Pacific area (53%). North America (51%) and China (48%). Western Europe ranks fourth with 35%. While 4G has already peaked in more developed markets (the United States, South Korea and China), it will continue to grow in emerging countries. The GSMA estimates that 4G will represent 60% of world connections in 2023, when 5G will begin to spread also in new markets.The report also highlights the need to remove obstacles to the creation of new networks, standardize limits for emissions electromagnetic and harmonize the mobile spectrum. Governments and competent authorities should make available the contiguous 80-100 MHz spectrum in the 5G medium band (e.g. 3.5 GHz) and around 800 MHz in the high band (mmWave frequencies). The bands between 600 and 700 MHz are also needed to increase 5G coverage, and the GSMA believes that the goal of various governments should be to offer connectivity, not to maximize the gains from assigning frequencies. High prices, limitations on frequencies and incorrect auction management are some factors that can negatively affect operators’ investments.

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