5G to dominate mobile subscriptions in Africa by 2022- Ericsson

Ericsson at the just concluded annual
Consumer Electronics Show (CES) predicted
that 5G technology will hold a considerable
share of mobile subscriptions on the African
continent closer to 2022. Attendees at CES
2017 learnt more about the support 5G can
give to personal entertainment experiences,
industrial efficiencies and future smart cities.

Delegates were also given the opportunity to
experience how the 5G ecosystem will enable
innovation for new use cases, and business
models over 5G.Ulf Ewaldsson, Chief Strategy
and Technology Officer at Ericsson, lauded
the advent of 5G and discussed practical daily
uses of the technology with guests from SK
Telecom and BMW during a CES

Ericsson demonstrated some of the latest 5G
capabilities including higher bandwidth,
lower latency, greater density, lower energy
requirements, greatly increased security,
network slicing and cellular for Massive IoT
(Internet of Things) technologies at CES 2017.

“The only way we are going to get to a 5G
world is through the cultivation of use cases
that expand our understanding of what 5G
technology can do, as well as provide real
value to consumers and enterprises,” said

Ericsson forecasts threefold growth in mobile
broadband subscriptions in Middle East and
Africa between 2016 and 2022.

The company has predicted that, over the
forecast period, the Middle East and Africa
will dramatically shift from a region with a
majority of GSM/EDGE-only subscriptions, to
a region where 80% of the subscriptions will
be WCDMA/HSPA, LTE and 5G. Coverage by
5G will commence, according to Ericsson, in
metropolitan and urban areas.

The company’s sub-saharan mobility report
which was issued in November 2016
anticipates mobile data traffic growth of
around 55 percent annually in Africa in the
six years leading up to 2022.
“Mobile traffic growth in sub-saharan africa
will remain strong in the next few years,
driven by increasing mobile subscriptions,
wider network coverage and the continued
reduction in prices of both devices and
services offered,” according to the report 

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