Experts anticipate that by 2022, there will be a total of 8.9 billion mobile network connections, more than half of which will use the current broadband standard LTE. Some 550 million users, however, are expected to have also opted for the by then sophisticated 5G standard.
Experts predict that the highest demand for 5G connections will come from North America and the Asia-Pacific region. In North America, four in one mobile network connections are expected to be based on 5G technology by 2022, while in Western Europe, which has a well-developed LTE infrastructure, only approximately one in twenty network connections might use 5G. Hardware products for 5G are, however, still at the prototype stage. The 5G modem, for instance, which Ericsson presented last year at the Mobile World Congress , was the size of a refrigerator.