690 million Indians would use 5G technology by 2028: Report

By the end of 2028, India’s 5G subscriptions will account for about 53% of the region’s total mobile subscriptions.


By the end of 2028, 5G subscriptions in India will account for almost 53% of all mobile subscriptions in the region, according to a new estimate issued on Wednesday. The survey predicts that by 2028, India will have 69 crore 5G subscribers and 130 crore total mobile subscriptions.

By the end of this year, the number of 5G subscribers in India is predicted to reach over 3.1 crore, according to the most recent Ericsson Mobility Report. According to the survey, this is because service providers are aggressively deploying 5G, and because 5G handsets are becoming more widely available and affordable. This occurs as telecom providers like Jio and Airtel keep deploying 5G services throughout the nation.

From 25GB per month in 2022 to approximately 54GB per month in 2028, y is anticipated to increase. In India, the proportion of smartphone subscriptions to all mobile subscriptions is predicted to increase from 77% this year to 94% in 2028.

The research also stated that the leading subscription type driving connectivity development is still 4G, which was added. The number of 4G subscribers in India is predicted to reach a peak in 2024 at about 93 crore, then fall to an estimated 57 crore by the year 2028.

Nitin Bansal, head of Ericsson India and head of Network Solutions for Southeast Asia, Oceania, and India, Ericsson, said, “5G will play a crucial role in achieving India’s digital inclusion goals especially for bringing broadband to rural and remote homes.”

Initially, enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) will be the main use case for 5G in India. Bansal said, “which will help address the concern of the limited fixed broadband penetration levels in the country and improve the data experience while on the move.”

According to the analysis, total mobile data traffic in the India region is predicted to increase from 18 exabytes (EB) per month in 2022 to 53 EB per month in 2028, rising at a CAGR of 19%. The region of India now has the highest global average data traffic per smartphone.

The number of 5G subscriptions worldwide will continue to rise, with 500 crore subscriptions by the end of 2028 and 1 crore by the end of this year, despite ongoing and emerging economic issues in many regions of the world. Around 11 crore additional 5G subscriptions were added globally between July and September 2022, increasing the total to roughly 87 crore.