With 185 commercial 5G networks deployed around the world, 5G connections worldwide reached 438 million as of Q3 2021: 19.6% more than in Q2.

Global 5G wireless connections reached 438 million in the third quarter of 2021, and are on track to exceed 540 million by the end of this year, based on data from Omdia, said 5G Americas, the trade association for the wireless and industry. the voice of 5G and LTE for America.

Chris Pearson, President of 5G Americas, said: “Even in this challenging time of the COVID-19 pandemic, the adoption of 5G continues apace with communications and connectivity taking center stage.”

According to the most recent data from Omdia, the world added 72 million 5G connections between Q2 and Q3 2021, an increase of 19.6%, from 366 million to 438 million, reflecting a decreasing revaluation of the number of connections from T2. At this rate of growth, 5G is projected to more than double the number of connections in 2020 and is projected to reach 540 million globally by the end of the calendar year.

Going forward, Omdia estimates that 5G connections worldwide will reach 4.8 billion by the end of 2026. Of this figure, 516 million would be contributed by North America and 301 million by Latin America and the Caribbean.

Omdia Principal Analyst Kristin Paulin said: “While Oceania, East and Southeast Asia, which includes China, will account for more than half of total 5G subscriptions by the end of 2026, the Americas region will become with a 17% share after having grown 1,000% between 2021 and 2026 ”.

By region, North America had a total of 56.5 million 5G connections at the end of Q3 2021, reflecting the addition of 12.5 million 5G connections – a 28 percent gain from the previous quarter. In addition, it had 505 million LTE connections at the end of Q3 2021.

LTE 4G continues to be the dominant wireless cellular technology in Latin America and the Caribbean, with 484.6 million connections. This represents an annual growth of 21 percent with the addition of 82.8 million new year-on-year LTE subscriptions.

According to José Otero, Vice President for the Caribbean and Latin America of 5G Americas: “With 16 commercial deployments in the Caribbean and Latin America region, 5G continues to advance. In the coming years, with the availability of more spectrum, coverage and optimized devices, 5G connections will increase substantially in the region. ”

In total, the number of commercial 5G networks reached 185, according to data from TeleGeography and 5G Americas. This number is projected to rise to 220 by the end of 2021 and to 329 by the end of 2023, representing strong growth in investment in 5G networks in many regions around the world. The following summarizes the number of 5G and 4G LTE network deployments:


Global: 185
North America: 10
Caribbean and Latin America: 16


Global: 693
North America: 19
Caribbean and Latin America: 127