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5G to Cross 1 Billion Users in 2022 According to This Report

The rollout of 5G internet was hampered somewhat by the coronavirus pandemic, but in spite of the fact that this is the case it managed to get implemented albeit on a longer than expected timeline. The past year has proven to be a watershed for 5G with numerous new users switching over to this high speed mobile internet from older 4G networks. Samsung along with a few other Android smartphone manufacturers launched a series of 5G enabled smartphones in 2019, but the technology really started to take off in 2020 with the release of the iPhone 12.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that the iPhone 12 was the first flagship smartphone released by Apple that was compatible with 5G networks. Its strong performance in 2020 allowed 5G to see an unprecedented rate of growth, and a recent report by Ericsson predicts that there will be over a billion 5G users worldwide before the end of 2022.

Interestingly, the region that is driving the majority of this growth is Asia Pacific with all things having been considered and taken into account. Nearly 80% of 5G users are located in this region which allowed this new tech to reach the billion users milestone two years faster than 4G managed to. 5G users are predicted to more than double yet again by 2024, with predictions estimating the total number of users to be over 2.2 billion by that year, with 2 billion once again coming from the Asia Pacific region.

China’s widespread adoption of 5G has allowed the Asia Pacific market to dominate 5G, and the report shows that North America will have lowest growth rate among such users over the next few years. It is projected that Europe, the Middle East and Africa as well as South America will all either equal or surpass the number of North American 5G users by 2027. That refutes the notion that Asia Pacific is dominating simply due to larger populations and instead suggests a lack of progress in the North American region.
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