Ericsson Report Shows Meeting of Mobile Traffic and Mobile Habits

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2013-06-04

Ericsson, tapping into the knowledge of more than 100 network partners, has released its latest report on the state of mobility. While its last report highlighted the importance of speed in mobile broadband networks, this one puts its emphasis on traffic drivers and what network performance means in terms of what it calls App Coverage—the experience of end users when performing various mobile tasks. In a section called the "Signature of Humanity," Ericsson translated data traffic patterns in three major cities into the habits of our lives. Important to note is that, except where broken down by region, the figures in the report represent a global average. During the first quarter of 2013, 130 million mobile subscriptions were added worldwide—China, adding 30 million, was the greatest single contributor—bringing the total to more than 6.4 billion, or 90 percent global penetration. By the end of 2018, Ericsson expects mobile subscriptions to reach 9.1 billion and for 60 percent of the world's population to be covered by Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology.


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