Ericsson estimates that the number of 5G subscribers worldwide will reach 190 million by the end of 2020. The number is predicted to increase to 2.8 billion by 2025.
In Southeast Asia and Oceania region, 5G is estimated to cover 21 percent of cellular subscribers by 2025. This was revealed by the Swedish telecommunications company in its annual report, Ericsson Mobility Report, June 2020 edition.
This report also provides an overview of the role of digital networks and infrastructure in supporting communities to stay connected during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“During this pandemic, the activities of working from home and learning from home have increased dependence on connectivity. This shows the importance of connectivity,” said President of Ericsson, Jerry Soper, on Tuesday (23/6/2020).
The presence of 5G is also considered to make connectivity better. This includes daily community activities and ways of doing business.
” 5G is a platform made for innovation because this technology will redefine the way people interact, how people carry out their daily activities, and how businesses work. The success of 5G is not only measured by the high number of subscribers because the impact of this technology is ultimately assessed. of the benefits for the community and business actors, “said Jerry.
The Covid-19 pandemic is said to have increasingly shown the importance of digitalization for businesses around the world. The combination of 5G and digitization is considered to create new opportunities for service providers to expand their business to various sectors ranging from healthcare, automotive to manufacturing.
The sooner countries adopt 5G, the earlier they can benefit from the technology.
“There will be many industries to benefit from 5G because there is a huge opportunity for improvement. Countries that are early adopting 5G will also learn about it earlier,” said Ericsson Chief Technology Officer for Asia-Pacific, Magnus Ewerbring.
In the early stages of 5G implementation, the way operators cope with the massive growth in data traffic is by increasing network capacity, speed and quality in metropolitan areas with the increase in cellular broadband.
As time goes by, Ericsson assesses that 5G innovations for new and interesting businesses will come along with IoT use cases which will increasingly open up opportunities for operators.
Ericsson believes the security of 5G will provide confidence, which will enable 5G systems to meet the needs of most use cases . Ericsson estimates that the value of additional revenue from digitization services in Southeast Asia using 5G for service providers will reach 41 billion by 2030.
The Covid-19 pandemic itself is recognized as having an impact on the development of 5G in various countries, including Indonesia. However, technology companies are constantly trying to ensure that new network technology is available as quickly as possible.
“There is an impact, but not a big one. Operators are also working hard to make sure the connection is there. We too at Ericsson are working on it and it will not stop,” said Jerry.