The 5G Rollout is Well Underway, Here’s How Things Are Going

5G is arguably one of the most exciting advances in tech that we are seeing these days because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up considerably speeding up mobile internet connections for the vast majority of people out there. The rollout of 5G was hampered somewhat by the rise of the coronavirus, and this is something that was rectified in 2021 with several parts of the world finally gaining access to 5G for the very first time.

It is estimated that around 8% of users currently use 5G, but this is expected to grow to around 1 billion users by the end of this year. With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that this would still not be enough to make 5G supersede 4G in both popularity and availability right now. As per GSMA report, it’s expected that the percentage of users that use 5G will go up to 25% by 2025, but the fact that it is still not available in most parts of the world might reduce its growth.

5G is currently most widespread in China where 29% of users can take advantage of it. This is expected to increase to 52% by 2025 with all things having been considered and taken into account. However, it should also be noted that the rate of growth in North America might make this part of the world overtake China in this regard. 13% of North American users currently use 5G, and this will go up to 63% in 2025 which is a lot more than what China can hope for.

Adoption in Europe is expected to go from a meager 4% to a massive 44% by 2025, 1% to 17% in the Middle East and 2% to 14% in the Asia Pacific region. Adoption in Africa is still going to be quite rare, though, estimated to only go from 1% to 4% by 2025. This means that 55% of users will still be using 4G by the time 2025 comes around so it will likely take longer for 5G to dominate.
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