Ericsson has released the edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report for Q4 2020. In Q4 2020, the total number of mobile subscriptions was around 8 billion, with a net addition of 19 million subscriptions during the quarter. The global cellular penetration rate was 102%. Mobile broadband subscriptions grew by about 100 million in the quarter to 6.5 billion, up 5% from a year earlier.
Around 130 communications service providers have now launched commercial 5G services. 5G subscriptions with a 5G-capable device grew by more than 70 million during the quarter, lifting the total to above 220 million. LTE subscriptions increased by approximately 90 million to above 4.5 billion, representing 57 percent of all mobile subscriptions, while WCDMA/HSPA subscriptions declined by around 60 million. GSM/EDGE-only subscriptions dropped by 80 million during the quarter, and other technologies decreased by about 1 million.