Ericsson Forecasts Surge in Mobile Traffic, Data Over Next Six Years

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2013-11-13

Ericsson's latest mobility report offers insights into rising smartphone adoption rates, mobile traffic drivers, the jump to mobile broadband adoption, the technologies supporting such growth and mobile-use figures. During the third quarter, global mobile phone subscriptions grew 7 percent year-on-year, according to the report. In the same period, mobile broadband subscriptions—subscriptions including data, not just voice—grew 40 percent, exceeding 2 billion in 2013. One of the more interesting facts to come from the report, Johan Wibergh, executive vice president and head of Business Unit Networks at Ericsson, said in a Nov. 11 statement, "is that the number of mobile broadband subscriptions will quadruple from today's 2 billion subscriptions up to 8 billion by 2019." Further, the amount of data sent by smartphones will triple in that time. Learning to support so much data will mean not only turning to new technologies but also understanding user habits, preferences and device usage. The biggest contributor to this data jump will be mobile video, Ericsson said. In addition, 2013 was the first year mobile traffic generated by mobile phones exceeded traffic from mobile PCs, tablets and mobile routers. (All images from the Ericsson report.)


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