That adds up to 1 million 5G subscribers added every day in the world, he added.
By the end of 2021 In North America, there’ll be 60 million 5G subscribers.
At the end of 2021, Northeast Asia, which also includes China, will have 450 million subscribers over a 5G network. Though China, South Korea and Japan are in the lead when it comes to 5G uptake, North America and the Gulf region should catch up in a year or two when it comes to their percentage of subscribers using 5G, Cerwall said.
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More than 160 service providers in the world have launched 5G so far, and there are more than 300 5G phones available with the technology. The global chip shortage, which is hurting everything from cars to gaming consoles, isn’t impacting 5G’s uptake, Cerwall said.