Wireless & Mobile Landscape

Global Mobile Connections Forecast, 2017 – 2022: Increasing 4G and 5G

Mobile subscribers worldwide increasingly depend on a variety of mobile devices to stay connected. In addition to a mobile phone or smartphone, a subscriber can connect through a tablet or, increasingly, through an embedded modem in a connected car or a connected device in the Internet of Things (IoT). Because of this trend, as well as some regions’ common use of multiple SIMs by one mobile subscriber, most global regions currently have mobile penetration rates of more than 100 per cent.

The overall global mobile connections penetration rate is expected to rise from 108 percent in 2017 to 130 percent in 2022. However, the number of mobile connections in each region of the world is expected to grow at different rates, due to each region’s economic environment, its adoption rate of new technologies such as IoT, and its current mobile penetration.

Aside from the increase in the number of connections, the other major change over the forecast period is the shift from 2G to 3G and 4G and then to 5G. In 2017 2G, 3G and 4G connections each comprised approximately one third of mobile connections, but 4G connections will become more predominant by the end of the forecast, and a small percentage of connections will be 5G connections.


Key Questions Answered

  • How many wireless connections are there globally and in each major geographic region?
  • What is the split of those connections by technology type – both air interface (GSM, CDMA, UMTS/HSPA, LTE, 5G-NR) and generation (2G 3G, 4G, 5G)?
  • What are the major markets for LTE and 5G throughout the forecast period?
  • How many 5G connections does iGR forecast for 2018, the expected first year of launches of the 5G-NR standard? How quickly will the number of 5G connections grow?

Who Should Read

  • Mobile operators
  • Device OEMs
  • Mobile infrastructure and equipment OEMs
  • Content providers and distributors
  • Financial analysts and investors.

Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Executive Summary
  • Methodology
    • 5G Model Assumptions
  • Introduction
    • Regions
    • Defining 5G
  • Worldwide Overview
  • North America
  • Latin America and Caribbean
  • Europe
  • Middle East and Africa
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Definitions
  • About iGR
    • Disclaimer

List of Tables

  • Table 1: Worldwide Connections, Population, and Penetration, 2017-2022
  • Table 2: Connections by Region, 2017-2022 (000)
  • Table 3: Share of Connections by Region, 2017-2022 (percent)
  • Table 4: Worldwide Connections by Technology Generation, 2017-2022 (000)
  • Table 5: Worldwide Connection by Technology, 2017-2022 (000)
  • Table 6: North America Connections, Population, and Penetration, 2017-2022
  • Table 7: North America Connections by Technology Generation, 2017-2022 (000)
  • Table 8: North America Connections by Technology, 2017-2022 (000)
  • Table 9: Latin America Connections, Population, and Penetration, 2017-2022
  • Table 10: Latin America Connections by Technology Generation, 2017-2022 (000)
  • Table 11: Latin America Connections by Technology, 2017-2022 (000)
  • Table 12: Europe Connections, Population, and Penetration, 2017-2022
  • Table 13: Europe Connections by Technology Generation, 2017-2022 (000)
  • Table 14: Europe Connections by Technology, 2017-2022 (000)
  • Table 15: Middle East and Africa Connections, Population, and Penetration, 2017-2022
  • Table 16: Middle East and Africa Connections by Technology Generation, 2017-2022 (000)
  • Table 17: Middle East and Africa Connections by Technology, 2017-2022 (000)
  • Table 18: Asia-Pacific Connections, Population, and Penetration, 2017-2022
  • Table 19: Asia-Pacific Connections by Technology Generation, 2017-2022 (000)
  • Table 20: Asia-Pacific Connections by Technology, 2017-2022 (000)

List of Charts

  • Figure A: Global Connections by Technology Generation, 2017-2022
  • Figure 1: Worldwide Connections and Population, 2017-2022 (000)
  • Figure 2: Connections by Region, 2017-2022 (000)
  • Figure 3: Share of Connections by Region, 2017-2022 (percent)
  • Figure 4: Worldwide Connections by Technology Generation, 2017-2022 (000)
  • Figure 5: Worldwide Connections by Technology, 2017-2022 (000)
  • Figure 6: North America Connections and Population, 2017-2022 (000)
  • Figure 7: North America Connections by Technology Generation, 2017-2022 (000)
  • Figure 8: North America Connections by Technology, 2017-2022 (000)
  • Figure 9: Latin America Connections and Population, 2017-2022 (000)
  • Figure 10: Latin America Connections by Technology Generation, 2017-2022 (000)
  • Figure 11: Latin America Connections by Technology, 2017-2022 (000)
  • Figure 12: Europe Connections and Population, 2017-2022 (000)
  • Figure 13: Europe Connections by Technology Generation, 2017-2022 (000)
  • Figure 14: Europe Connections by Technology, 2017-2022 (000)
  • Figure 15: Middle East and Africa Connections and Population, 2017-2022 (000)
  • Figure 16: Middle East and Africa Connections by Technology Generation, 2017-2022 (000)
  • Figure 17: Middle East and Africa Connections by Technology, 2017-2022 (000)
  • Figure 18: Asia-Pacific Connections and Population, 2017-2022 (000)
  • Figure 19: Asia-Pacific Connections by Technology Generation, 2017-2022 (000)
  • Figure 20: Asia-Pacific Connections by Technology, 2017-2022 (000)

For additional information on the Global Mobile Connections Forecast, 2017-2022 market study, please contact Iain Gillott at (512) 263-5682 or by email.