Rapid early momentum and enthusiasm for 5G have led Ericsson to forecast that the total mobile data traffic per month in South East Asia and Oceania is expected to grow 7 times from 2.3 exabytes (EB) in 2018 to 16EB by 2024. Data traffic per smartphone per month in this region will grow from 3.6GB to 17GB at a compounded annual growth rate of 29 per cent. The June 2019 edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report anticipates that almost 12 per cent of subscriptions in the region will be for 5G by the end of 2024.
Martin Wiktorin, Head of Ericsson Singapore, Brunei and Philippines says, “Mobile video traffic is fuelling the total data traffic as users are spending more time streaming and sharing video. This is expected to continue, as video is embedded in all types of online content. As 5G is gradually rolled out with compatible devices being successively introduced, streaming 360-degree videos and augmented/virtual reality will start to be a significant factor in mobile traffic growth.”
According to the latest Ericsson ConsumerLab study 5G Consumer Potential with specific insight on Singapore, certain industry myths surrounding the value of 5G for consumers are busted while opportunities available for communications service providers are also outlined. This report is based on 1,500 interviews with smartphone users aged between 15 to 69 years old. Statistically, the views of these participants are representative of almost 4 million people in Singapore.
It is highlighted in this study that 53 percent of smartphone users in Singapore believe AR glasses to be the norm by 2025. Consumers are expected to spend an additional three hours watching videos on mobile devices by 2025, out of which one hour will be on AR/VR glasses. Based on consumer predicted future usage patterns, heavy usage smartphone users in Singapore could be consuming as much as 200GB monthly by 2025.
In Singapore, the average smartphone user is ready to pay 52% premium for top selected 5G services. The consumer expectation in the country is that services such as smart home sensors and 5G TVs will be the top two applications to be made available in a 5G plan. With growing consumer awareness around 5G, the average respondent believes that the next generation of cellular mobile technology will become a reality within two years.
Globally, 5G uptake will be faster than expected
5G coverage is forecast to reach 45 per cent of the world’s population by the end of 2024. This could surge to 65 per cent, as spectrum sharing technology enables 5G deployments on LTE frequency bands. Communication service providers in several markets have switched on 5G following the launch of 5G-compatible smartphones. Service providers in some markets are also setting more ambitious targets for population coverage of up to 90 per cent within the first year.
The strong commitment of chipset and device vendors is also key to the acceleration of 5G adoption. Smartphones for all main spectrum bands are slated to hit the market over the course of this year. As 5G devices increasingly become available and more 5G networks go live, over 10 million 5G subscriptions are projected worldwide by the end of 2019. Fredrik Jejdling, Executive Vice President and Head of Networks, Ericsson, says: “5G is definitely taking off and at a rapid pace. This reflects the service providers’ and consumers’ enthusiasm for the technology. 5G will have a positive impact on people’s lives and businesses, realizing gains beyond the IoT and the Fourth Industrial Revolution. However, the full benefits of 5G can only be reaped with the establishment of a solid ecosystem in which technology, regulatory, security, and industry partners all have a part to play.”