2020

The Mobile Economy

The GSMA Mobile Economy series provides the latest insights on the state of the mobile industry worldwide. Produced by our renowned in-house research team, GSMA Intelligence, these reports contain a range of technology, socio-economic and financial datasets, including forecasts out to 2025. The global version of the report is published annually at MWC Barcelona, while regional editions are published throughout the year.

1.8 billion 5G connections by 2025

Developed Asia & the US to lead the way

49% of the population are Connected

Connected

Those who have used internet services on a mobile device.

Usage gap

Those who are within the footprint of mobile broadband but do not use it.

Coverage gap

Those who do not live within the footprint of a mobile broadband network.

49% of the population are connected

49%
Connected 3,795M
42%
Usage gap 3,288M
9%
Coverage gap 673M
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Connections and Subscribers

Penetration Rate

Technology Migration

Mobile Contribution to GDP

Revenue and Capex

Unique Mobile Subscribers

Net Totals Millions

2019

2025

Internet Users

Net Totals Millions

2019

2025

Connections

Net Totals Millions

2019

2025

IoT Connections

Net Totals Billions

2019

2025

Unique Mobile Subscribers

Penetration Rate (%)

2019

2025

Internet Users

Penetration Rate (%)

2019

2025

Connections

Penetration Rate (%)

2019

2025

Technology Migration

% of Total Connections excluding Licensed Cellular IoT

2019

2025

2G

3G

4G

5G

Mobile Contribution to GDP

Net Totals US$ Billions

2019

2025

Revenue Outlook

Net Totals US$ Billions

2019

2025

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