While Nigeria’s House Representative has asked the Ministry of Communication to put on hold its move to roll out the 5G mobile technology in the country, the subscription levels to 5G worldwide appear to be booming.
According to a statement by Sweden’s Ericsson (ERICb.ST) Wednesday the number of 5G subscriptions were expected to rise to 580 million by the end of 2021 from 220 million recorded in 2020, and cross 3.5 billion by 2026.
It said North East Asia, including China, now has the highest 5G subscription penetration followed by North America but predicted that by 2026 North America is forecast to have the highest share of 5G subscriptions of all regions at 84%.
Going further, it harped that about 73% of all subscriptions would be 5G in Gulf countries in 2026 and about 69% in western Europe.All these data were contained in Ericsson’s biannual mobility report said.
Early availability of spectrum made 5G deployment go faster in China last year and this year but other regions were catching up, Ericsson’s head of networks Fredrik Jejdling told Reuters.
At the end of 2020, there were 6 billion smartphone subscriptions, and Ericsson forecasts that that number would reach 7.7 billion in 2026, accounting for around 88% of all mobile subscriptions at that time.
The report didn’t mention any thing as regards the alledged harmful impacts of 5G that even made countries like Sweden and Russia to shift their launch dates for 5G tech.
It was because of the harmful impacts that made our lawmakers to demand a halt to the roll out so that they could further study the phenomenon. It should be recalled that back in 2020 there was controversies on whether 5G was partly responsible for the Covid-19 pandemic.