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1.4B 5G Connections by 2025? Analysts Say Yes

Juniper Research is expecting over 1 billion 5G connections by 2025, up 232% from the expected launch in 2019. Many of these will be IoT devices.

Dan Jones

August 16, 2017

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1.4B 5G Connections by 2025? Analysts Say Yes

Juniper Research is predicting that 5G connections will blow through the billion mark within six years of the next-gen networks launching in 2019.

Juniper Research Ltd. forecasted this week that there will be "1.4 billion 5G connections by 2025, an increase from just 1 million in 2019, the anticipated first year of commercial launch." This will represent an average annual growth of 232%, the firm says.

4G LTE networks passed 1 billion subscribers in 2016, according to the Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) . The first 4G networks were launched in 2009.

Note the difference here: Juniper is predicting over a billion "connections" not "subscribers." It expects many of these connections will be Internet of Things (IoT) devices -- like connected cars -- rather than live, human mobile phone subscribers.

Juniper expects that China, the US and Japan will have 55% of all global 5G connections in the world by 2025. The firm finds that "the US alone will account for over 30% of global 5G IoT connections by 2025, with the highest number of 5G connections for fixed wireless broadband and automotive services."

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

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Dan Jones

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Dan is to hats what Will.I.Am is to ridiculous eyewear. Fedora, trilby, tam-o-shanter -- all have graced the Jones pate during his career as the go-to purveyor of mobile essentials.

But hey, Dan is so much more than 4G maps and state-of-the-art headgear. Before joining the Light Reading team in 2002 he was an award-winning cult hit on Broadway (with four 'Toni' awards, two 'Emma' gongs and a 'Brian' to his name) with his one-man show, "Dan Sings the Show Tunes."

His perfectly crafted blogs, falling under the "Jonestown" banner, have been compared to the works of Chekhov. But only by Dan.

He lives in Brooklyn with cats.

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