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The global adoption of the 5G network is set to skyrocket in the next five years, with new data estimating that by 2025 the number of 5G connections is expected to hit 2.7 billion worldwide - a growth of at least 20 times from this year’s figure of 120 million, according to one analyst firm.

The data compiled by finance analyst firm Finbold.com indicates that by next year, the 5G network connections will stand at 340 million - a growth of 180% - and the growing trend will also be replicated in the next two years when the number of 5G connections will be 810 million.

"Furthermore, it is projected that by 2023 the 5G connections would stand at 1.4 billion, representing the growth of 72.8% compared to 2022," says Finbold, adding that the network adoption is set to keep rising and by 2024 it will grow by a "staggering" 600 million to stand at 2 billion - and a year later, the connections are expected to increase by 35% to 2.7 billion.

According to Finbold, Asian firms account for 65% of total 5G patent filings, and as the world moves towards creating room for 5G network adoption, "several big players have already emerged as the lead figures in this revolution".

Finbold says the data it compiled also looked at the number of patents filed regarding 5G connections.

"By the end of February 2020, China’s Huawei was leading with a total number of 5G patents standing at 3,147 followed by Samsung at 2,795. Another Chinese firm ZTE is third with 2,561 total patents while South Korea’s LG has 2,300 total patents filed," says Finbold in a report on its website.

"Elsewhere, Nokia has to date filed a total of 2,149 patents while Ericsson has 1,494. From North America, Qualcomm has filed 1,293 patents while Intel has 870 filings."

"5G is the 5th generation mobile network with a new global wireless standard following previous connections of 1G, 2G, 3G, and 4G networks. With 5G, the network is designed to connect virtually everyone and everything including machines, objects, and even devices," says Finbold.

"Generally, the technology is geared towards availing multi-Gbps peak data speeds, ultra-low latency, more reliability, massive network capacity, increased availability, and a more uniform user experience. These characteristics are bringing excitement to consumers. Additionally, the network can be applied in mission-critical services, enhanced mobile broadband, and massive IoT operations.

"However, with the 5G network imminent, there have been concerns about the network’s potential impact on human health. There are still controversies that the network carries a dangerous escalation of traditional cellular technology that comes with higher energy radiation that causes potential damaging effects on human beings.

"One controversial point is that 5G can generate radiofrequency radiation that can damage DNA and result in cancer. Also, the network has been cited to cause oxidative damage that can lead to premature aging, disrupt cell metabolism, and act as a gateway to other diseases through the generation of stress proteins. Opposers of the network have even cited some research works by the World Health Organization (WHO).

"Aready, some countries are using the 5G network from early 2019. To date, 5G has been rolled out in over 20 countries and counting at rates faster when compared to the 4G network. Top countries with technology include South Korea, the United Kingdom, Germany, and the United States."

Citing what it calls the "5G metamorphosis", Finbold says the foundation of 5G’s connections will be laid down in 2020 as many firms are putting in place the right infrastructure to support the technology.

"Already, major Android phone manufacturers are commercializing 5G phones. The network’s growth majorly depends on establishing the right structures.

"Globally, most firms are in a race to roll out the technology on a large scale as a way of reaping the full benefits. The network is expected to fuel transformative new technologies for both consumers, businesses, infrastructure and defense applications.

"Apart from the speed benefit, the 5G network is set to handle a lot of bandwidth hence managing more connected devices. Additionally, the network will lower latency, the time it takes for a cell phone to make a request from a server and get a response. It will reduce this time to virtually zero," concludes Finbold.


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