Western Europe is clearly lagging behind in 5G penetration. The Internet company Ericsson concluded that the other three regions of the world are in a leading position.
According to Wednesday’s publication, North America, Northeast Asia, and the Gulf countries are in a tie-in competition, but Western Europe lags behind. Ericsson Mobile Report.
In Northeast Asia (including China and South Korea), 9% of mobile phone contracts have been converted to 5G by the end of 2020. In Western Europe, this proportion does not exceed 1%.
It is estimated that by 2026, North America will lead. There, the share of 5G will rise from 4% (2020) to 84%. In contrast, in Northeast Asia, only two-thirds (65%) of mobile phone contracts will use 5G by 2026. However, in absolute terms, Asians are far ahead with 1.4 billion 5G contracts. For North America, the study is expected to sign 340 million 5G contracts.
Although Europe is leading the way in 3G and 4G, thanks to the support of companies such as Nokia and Ericsson, mobile phones mainly originated in Europe, but the European continent is now struggling to keep up with the pace of development.
In Western Europe, 4G (LTE) is currently the dominant technology, accounting for 78% of all contracts. Ericsson predicts that due to the shift to 5G, the share of 4G will drop to 27% in 2026. Older standards such as UMTS (3G) have almost completely disappeared. By the end of 2026, 5G penetration rate will reach approximately 69%.
On July 28, 2020, the Netherlands launched 5G. A few days ago, the three major telecom providers had paid hundreds of millions of dollars for the necessary frequencies. But so far, the transition to 5G has received little attention, especially because the promised 5G speed is very fast and there is almost no delay, and it will not be available until after 2022. There has never been the necessary frequency before.