The Future of Mobile Subscriptions

By 2021, the total number of mobile subscriptions will top eight billion. By then, the number of 3G/EDGE-only subscriptions will drop by 49 million, while the number of 5G subscriptions will reach 48 percent. In 2019, there were 8.3 billion mobile subscriptions; the number will rise to 8.6 billion by 2021.

5G subscriptions will account for 48 percent of all mobile subscriptions

According to recent forecasts, 5G subscriptions will account for nearly half of all mobile subscriptions by 2027. The rapid uptake of the new technology is outpacing that of its predecessor, 4G, and is expected to reach one billion subscribers in the next two years. This rapid growth is likely to happen as the availability of 5G devices from multiple vendors is expedited. In addition, prices are expected to drop more rapidly than those of 4G. This will make 5G the dominant mobile access technology by 2027.

Voice-and-data mobile subscriptions

Voice-and-data mobile subscriptions include all voice and data transmission services provided by mobile operators, with the exception of subscriptions sold exclusively for M2M communications such as those used with smart meters. These subscriptions are collected from the telecommunications operators twice a year, and include traditional telephony services as well as data transmission services.

3G/EDGE-only subscriptions will drop by 49 million

According to a recent study, the number of 3G/EDGE-only subscriptions in the United States will drop by 49 million by the end of 2018. By 2020, fewer than half of all mobile subscriptions will be 3G-only. As a result, mobile service operators will be forced to offer dual-mode handsets, which could result in further service delays.

Standard and Restricted mobile subscriptions

A typical mobile subscription contains several features, depending on the country in which it was purchased. For instance, a Standard subscription includes calls to Switzerland and neighboring countries, while a Restricted mobile subscription only includes calls to CERN and local numbers within Switzerland and France. A Standard mobile subscription also includes mobile data in Switzerland and up to 1.5GB per month when roaming in its neighbouring countries. Unless otherwise specified, these features are subject to charges if the mobile user is roaming outside of Switzerland and its neighbouring countries.

Cost of a mobile subscription

There are many factors that affect the cost of a mobile subscription. For starters, it’s important to understand how much network infrastructure costs. In the past few years, the cost per bit of data has dropped by 95 percent and 67 percent for 3G and 4G respectively. This is good news for consumers because they can now take advantage of more affordable plans and customize their data plans to fit their needs. Moreover, MVNOs offer the same national network coverage and 4G LTE data speeds as the big 4 while paying less. They are also a good alternative for those who don’t want to be tied down to contracts or early termination fees. Moreover, they allow you to keep your number, if you’d prefer.

Changes to a mobile subscription

Apple has recently released an update to its iTunes app store that includes changes to auto-renewable subscriptions and subscription management. These changes will affect how you market your mobile apps. Before, auto-renewable subscriptions were limited to media apps only, but now they will be available for all apps. Also, publishers can now offer different pricing tiers for the same subscription period. This change will make it easier for you to offer an upgrade to existing subscribers.