5G Connections and Coverage

5G Connections and Coverage

Proof Point

GSMA forecasts 5G adoption to reach one billion connections by 2025, covering one-third of global population

5G Connections and Coverage

2020F – 2025F (billions and percentage of population)

Proof Point Findings

  • 5G Connections – Number of connections (except for machine-to-machine deployments) running on 5G networks, characterized by 10-50 Gbps speeds, 5,000 times faster than 3G networks, and low latencies (delay in data transfer)
  • 2020 Commercialization – First commercial release of 5G cellular networks set to launch in late 2019 or early 2020
  • 5G Adoption Uptake – 5G connections expected to grow 82.1% yearly from 100 million in 2021 to 1.1 billion by 2025
  • Population Coverage – One-third of population or approximately 2.6 billion people expected to have 5G network connections by 2025, up from less than one-tenth in 2020
  • Key Growth Drivers – Include accelerating 5G infrastructure and technology standards, rising adoption of IoT, proliferation of data-intensive applications (e.g. virtual and augmented reality, 3D and ultra-HD video, haptic feedback systems), increasing research and development (R&D) investment, growing government support, and greater innovation on 5G compatible devices



Information Technology, Telecommunications


Date Last Updated

December 29, 2017

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