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Mobile connections, including M2M 0,000,000,000 6.10% 5881733549,6047608816,6187688281,6318823710,6406075956,6462120612,6537248397,6634603844,6727169291,6844807835,6926654520,7046764905

Unique mobile subscribers 0,000,000,000 5.35% 2963311341,3024819646,3084597262,3135540581,3179605517,3227342576,3286608454,3347646789,3412175186,3484316136,3537778317,3589276218

Revenue/year $1.06T 1.99% 253.4,246.3,254.3,261.7,268.7,263.2,273.6,280.4,288.7,283.5,288.7,294.2

ARPU/month $10.37 -4.50% 22.9249,23.0997,22.5201,21.7655,20.1896,19.9962,19.7455,19.0843,17.4726,17.5529,17.3826,17.0023,16.0668,16.1121,16.0235,15.6769,14.8422,14.9382,14.8861,14.5810,14.1365

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Understanding 5G: Perspectives on future technological advancements in mobile

As well as the prospect of being considerably faster than existing technologies, 5G holds the promise of applications with high social and economic value, leading to a ‘hyperconnected society’ in which mobile will play an ever more important role in people’s lives. However, some of the applications identified for 5G can be enabled by 4G or other networks. The technical requirements that necessitate a true generational shift are sub-1 ms latency and >1 Gbps downlink speed.

Bandwidth and latency requirements of potential 5G use cases

Bandwidth and latency requirements of potential 5G use cases


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