Ericsson predicts mobile data traffic to grow 10 fold by 2016

Mobile broadband subscriptions grew by 60
percent in one year and are expected to grow from 900 million in 2011 to almost
5 billion in 2016.

By 2016, users living on less than 1 percent
of the Earth’s total land area are set to generate around 60 percent of mobile

Ericsson forecasts a 10-fold increase in
mobile data traffic by 2016. The report is based on measurements the company
recorded over several years in live networks covering all regions of the world.

“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,”
said Johan Wibergh, head of Ericsson Business Unit Networks.

Mobile broadband subscriptions will reach
almost 5 billion in 2016, up from the expected 900 million by the end of
2011.That would represent 60 percent year-on-year growth, at the same time as
the data consumed by smartphone users is surging. Total smartphone traffic is
expected to triple during 2011.

Across all devices, internet access will
continue to drive mobile traffic development and mobile data traffic is
expected to grow by nearly 60 percent per year between 2011 and 2016, mainly
driven by video.

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. These areas represent less than 1
percent of the Earth’s total land area, yet they are set to generate around 60
percent of total mobile traffic.

Mobile broadband, new smartphone launches and
applications uptake will continue to drive data consumption. At the same time,
there is strong momentum for smartphone uptake in all regions. Ericsson expects
traffic generated by advanced smartphones to increase 12-fold to roughly equal
mobile PC-generated traffic by 2016.

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