Mobile Data Traffic To Increase By A Factor Of 10 Before 2016
November 7, 2011

Mobile Data Traffic To Increase By A Factor Of 10 Before 2016

Communications giant Ericsson expects an increase in mobile broadband subscriptions by as much as ten-fold through 2016. Mobile broadband subscriptions showed an increase of 60 percent this year alone and are expected to increase from 900 million in this year to almost 5 billion by 2016, Reuters is reporting.

The head of Ericsson Business Unit Networks Johan Wibergh says, “Ericsson performs a broad range of measurements in order to monitor the pulse of the Networked Society - measurements that we use to efficiently design our products and plan networks. This report offers snapshots that, together, show how a growing number of people and businesses benefit from mobility, broadband and the cloud.”

According to Eriksson´s Traffic and Market Data report, total smart phone traffic is expected to triple during 2011. Internet access by more and more  mobile devices and the mobile data traffic increase will be mainly driven by video.

Eriksson is expecting that by 2016 more than 30 percent of the world´s population will live in metropolitan and urban areas with a density of more than 1,000 people per square kilometer, or less than 1 percent of the Earth´s total land area. However they are set to generate around 60 percent of total mobile traffic.

The increases in data consumption will be driven by increasing use of smart phone technology, social applications  and video sharing. At the same time, there is strong momentum for smart phone uptake in all regions. Ericsson expects traffic generated by advanced smart phones to increase 12-fold to roughly equal mobile PC-generated traffic by 2016.


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