The fourth generation of broadband cellular network technology, affectionately known as 4G, was the globe’s leading mobile technology in 2019 with over four billion connections. Collectively, it accounted for around 52 percent of total connections worldwide and is expected to peak at close to 60 percent by 2023 according to GSMA’s 2020 Mobile Economy report.
Next-gen 5G technologies are slowly but surely gaining pace, the report notes. The speedy alternative is already available from 46 operators across 24 markets. A further 39 markets have additionally announced plans to launch commercial 5G service, we’re told.