Ericsson report highlights potential economic benefits of 5G in emerging markets

  • Analysys Mason’s extensive research covers 15 countries asia, Africa and Latin America

  • The economic benefits of potential GDP far outweigh the investment costs

  • Governments, regulators and politicians play a key role

  • Other countries are also poised to benefit from environmental and social inclusion capabilities

STOCKHOLM, November 25, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — A major new Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) study commissioned by management consulting firm Analysys Mason highlights the potential economic, consumer and environmental benefits of 5G connectivity in 15 new national markets. With regulatory and government support, all fifteen countries could benefit from GDP growth of between 0.3 and 0.46 percent by 2035, with an estimated three to seven times the cost-benefit.

The report, called The Future Value of Mobile in Emerging Markets, examines the impact of multiple 5G spectrum deployment options to transform mobile broadband and access across consumer, industrial, logistics, rural and public service groups, and across multiple businesses. facilitate fixed wireless (FWA). case options, including verticals.

Detailed methodology using national government statistics and reports, Ericsson network insights and innovative mapping techniques – based on population distribution and existing national infrastructure, such as road and rail networks, and agriculture – to create a cost-benefit model does it all over the world. different distribution options.

The deployment options are based on the initial assumption that basic 5G coverage is added to existing mobile radio network sites. Additional options explore the additional benefits of adding Low-Band 5G spectrum beyond the line (delivering broad geographic coverage at the lower end of 5G capabilities and suitable for agriculture or logistics deployments) or Mid-Band 5G spectrum coverage – providing a smaller geographic coverage site, but with higher capacity and speed, suitable for manufacturing, automation, industry and advanced services.

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Mid-Band 5G deployment is identified as the key success factor – with the potential to deliver 80 percent of the economic benefits. The benefits from the Smart Industrial and Smart Rural clusters account for 85-90 percent of the total economic benefit in each new market.

Agriculture is an important sector in all 15 countries – accounting for over 10 percent of GDP in some markets. The report estimates that advanced rural 5G coverage could increase agriculture by 1.8 percent in long-term GDP. 5G will also promote sustainable farming methods, increase efficiency and reduce agricultural waste.

The results of the study include:

  • The cost of basic 5G deployment is estimated between USD 3– 8 billion per country. An additional 20-35 percent investment is required to extend coverage

  • Expanding coverage from the baseline can generate significant GDP benefits from industrial adoption, especially from expanding the average surplus.

  • Most countries are expected to generate gross economic benefits (GDP) three to seven times the additional cost of extending coverage.

  • The results show that 5G mobile broadband can create leverage among consumers USD 1-10 billion per country, with extended coverage giving 20-30 percent additional customer growth

  • The social benefits enabled by 5G will be greatest from 5G-based FWA, smart factories, shipping and logistics, agriculture and healthcare use cases.

  • Adoption of 5G can help reduce emissions by supporting digital transformation in agriculture, shipping and logistics, smart factories and construction.

The study highlights how governments, regulators and policymakers can support the 5G ecosystem to deliver benefits.

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These include treating 5G as a national infrastructure with a national 5G strategy and roadmap; implementing 5G spectrum policies that facilitate rapid and widespread deployment, including trading spectrum fees for deployment targets that meet connectivity policy goals; implementing policies and procedures to facilitate infrastructure and website updates; work with communications service providers to increase coverage in areas where commercial-led solutions are not appropriate; promoting the use and importance of 5G in industry and manufacturing; promoting 5G in the public sector and promoting the environmental benefits of 5G solutions.

Andrew LloydHead of Government and Policy Advocacy, Ericsson, says: “This report by Analysys Mason The Future Value of Mobile in Emerging Markets provides a detailed breakdown, based on extensive research on real-world scenarios and acquisitions in each of the 15 countries, on the economic potential , the social, environmental and national benefits of 5G in these markets. With the support of governments, regulators and politicians, each of these 15 countries and their citizens will benefit greatly from 5G connectivity. In addition to the economic benefits, 5G can also impact reduce climate change, increase social inclusion, prosperity and address the digital divide in areas with poor fixed infrastructure.”

Janette StewartPartner, Analysys Mason, says: “The study shows the benefits of having the right spectrum for 5G deployment, both for geographic coverage, for which the lower bands are most suitable, and in the 3.5GHz band, where most of the higher , highlights. – Implementation of 5G capacity in other markets is already underway.”

These are the countries surveyed in the report Bangladesh, Brazil, ChileColombia, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa, Thailand and Turkey.

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Access the Future Value of Mobile in Emerging Markets here.

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