Mobile Data Traffic In SEA And Oceania To Grow

Ericsson today announced the that data traffic per smartphone per month in South East Asia and Oceania will grow from 3.6 GB to 17 GB at a compounded annual growth rate of 29% based on Ericsson Mobility Report June 2019.

Todd Ashton, Head of Ericsson Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh says, “LTE will be the most dominant access technology in the region by 2024 while 5G subscriptions would also start to pick up. 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.

LTE subscriptions grew by about 40 percent during 2018 in South East Asia and Oceania and are expected to account for 63 percent of mobile subscriptions by the end of 2024, according to the Ericsson Mobility Report. Initial 5G commercial devices are expected in the region during the first half of 2019. By the end of 2024, it is anticipated that almost 12 percent of subscriptions in the region will be for 5G,

Other forecasts have also increased notably as a result of the rapid 5G uptake. 5G coverage is forecast to reach 45 percent of the world’s population by end of 2024. This could surge to 65 percent, as spectrum sharing technology enables 5G deployments on LTE frequency bands.

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 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.”