The 5G revolution is just around the corner. Destined to replace 4G networks by improving speed, coverage and reliability, 5G is becoming necessary due to the increasing prevalence of devices requiring internet access and the high level of bandwidth necessary for them to function efficiently.
Of course, network speeds will vary depending on the technology being used with peak speeds expected to be at least 20 times faster than 4G. For example, you could download 20 movies over 5G in the time it takes to download one in 4G from a peak speed perspective.
So, when will 5G networks finally become a speedy reality? The most recent Ericsson Mobility Report forecasts that in 2019, there will be a mere 4 million 5G mobile connections worldwide. After that, the situation is expected to change quickly with one billion 5G connections globally by 2023, 118 million of which will be in Western Europe.
This chart shows the estimated number of 5G mobile connections (millions)
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