There were 250 million new LTE subscriptions added in the first quarter of 2017 alone.
And, at the close of 2016, Australia had around 60% LTE subscription over total mobile subscriptions and around 40% for 3G - with Ericsson predicting in 2022 there will be around 90% LTE subscriptions over total mobile subscriptions and around 10% for 3G subscriptions.
"4G subscriptions are increasing faster than ever, voice over LTE uptake is accelerating and traffic growth has reached levels we have not seen since 2013".
This latest report from Ericsson reveals that total traffic in mobile networks globally grew 70% between end of Q1, 2016 and the end of Q1 2017.
4G users are almost 1.5 times more satisfied than 3G users in India.
"Ericsson analysis of Ookla speed test intelligence shows the likelihood of meeting certain time-to content targets".
Niklas Heuveldop, Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Technology and Emerging Business, Ericsson, says: "Based on measurements made in hundreds of mobile networks, the Ericsson Mobility Report data truly illustrates the tremendous underlying growth in the industry". LTE and WCDMA/HSPA technologies together are expected to represent 85 per cent of all Indian subscriptions by 2022 while 5G subscriptions are forecast to become available only in 2022 - representing 0.2 per cent of total mobile subscriptions reaching three million.
As we enter a time where the most popular term in technology today is the Internet of Things, that is expected to surpass mobile phones as the largest category of connected devices by 2018, we now also see the beginnings of 5G network deployment that will look to support IoT, and a growing need for enhanced mobile broadband capabilities, according to a new report by Ericsson.
More than half a billion 5G subscriptions are expected to be activated by 2022, not including IoT connections. By this time, 5G is expected to cover around 15% of the world's population.
The figure for Australia was slightly lower, 13 percent and in the Asia Pacific region, Singapore had the highest uptake of local apps, 23 percent, followed by Vietnam and Thailand at 21 and 18 percent respectively.
The average smartphone in Western Europe will consume 22GB per month by 2022 compared to 26GB per month in North America. Likewise, the number of smartphone-specific subscriptions will be up to 370 million by 2022 - up from 310 million in 2016.