Thursday, March 24, 2022

Data Shows 5G Network Connections Surged Again in 2021

A March 23 press release by 5G Americas titled "5G Forecast: 1.3 Billion by Year-End 2022" found that North America (U.S. and Canada) had a total of 72 million connections by the end of last year. That amounts to an addition of 54 million 5G connections in 2021, and a year-over-year gain of 292%. The finding is based on data collected by Omdia. Additionally, 5G Americas expects total connection in North America to climb to 516 million by the end of 2026. Furthermore, North America "had 514 million LTE connections by the end of 2021, which represents near full market maturity." For more findings and forecasts, see 5G America's press release. (No U.S.-specific numbers were provided.) 

Free State Foundation Legal Fellow Andrew Magloughlin and I addressed the significance of 5G's rapid deployment to the communications marketplace and its potential to further benefit consumers in the years ahead in our Perspectives from FSF Scholars, "The Broadband Internet Services Market in January 2022."