By 2026, the number of 5G subscribers in Southeast Asia and Oceania is expected to exceed 380 million, representing 32% of total cellular subscribers.
In the latest Ericsson mobile report, the company said that by 2026, 4 out of 10 mobile phone subscribers will be 5G subscribers. The current rate of subscriber growth and the current rate of 5G coverage expansion confirm that 5G is the fastest-deployed generation of mobile connectivity technology ever. By the end of 2020, more than 1 billion people (15% of the world’s population) will have 5G coverage, according to the report’s estimates. By the end of this year, it is expected that there will be 220 million 5G subscribers worldwide.
In Southeast Asia and Oceania, mobile data traffic continued to grow steadily with an annual growth rate (CAGR) of 33% over the forecast period.
The second half of this year sees a number of commercial 5G networks roll out in Southeast Asia and Oceania, with several already operational in operation in Australia, New Zealand and Thailand. Next year, countries such as Malaysia will roll out some more 5G networks following spectrum auctions that follow the 2021 plan.