Ericsson Takes Pulse of Networked Society: 10 Takeaways From Q4 Data

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2014-02-19

Each quarter, Ericsson releases a Mobility Report, offering what it calls "the pulse" report on the relentless growth of mobile networks and mobile data volumes around the world. The latest report shows that between 2013 and 2019, smartphone subscriptions are expected to triple and smartphone traffic to increase by 10 times. Mobile subscriptions are expected to reach 9.3 billion by 2019, and 60 percent of these—5.6 billion—are expected to be smartphones. "It took more than five years to reach the first billion subscriptions, but it will take less than two to hit the 2 billion mark," Doug Gilstrap, senior vice president and head of Strategy at Ericsson, has said. During the fourth quarter of 2013, Ericsson found that 60 percent of all mobile phones sold were smartphones, and between the fourth quarters of 2012 and 2013, mobile data traffic increased by 70 percent. Below are 10 key takeaways from Ericsson's latest report, which further found that in 2013, Long-Term Evolution (LTE) subscriptions reached 200 million.


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