Ericsson, a leading 5G network service provider in Canada, has released the Canadian results from its largest consumer study to date. It shows that four million Canadian smartphone users plan to switch to 5G service in the next 12 to 15 months. 5G networks have been available to smartphone users in Canada since 2020.
The study, titled 5G: The Next Wave, was conducted by Ericsson’s ConsumerLab. It reveals that the number of 5G users has increased sixfold over the past two years. In addition, eight out of ten current 5G users in Canada would not want to switch back to 4G. While in Canada, 5G population coverage has reached 75 per cent, only a third of 5G users feel they are connected to 5G more than 5 per cent of the time.
The study also shows that consumer awareness is low. Indeed, 15 per cent of users in Canada claim they are on 5G, but use a 4G handset, while another 18 per cent own a 5G capable device but have not upgraded to a 5G subscription.