Mobile data use triples in the past year

"The growth and benefits of mobile broadband are undeniable," Håkan Eriksson, Ericsson's Senior VP, CTO and President of Ericsson Silicon Valley

Mobile data use has tripled in the past year and global mobile data traffic has now hit over 225,000 terabytes per month, with 50 billion mobile devices predicted by 2020.

Figures released by Ericsson show that mobile data use has almost tripled in the past 12 months.

Global data traffic had reached nearly 225,000 terabytes per month by the second quarter of the year. Additionally Ericsson predicts that the current five billion worldwide mobile subscriptions will multiply to 50 billion connected devices in operation by 2020.

Ericsson’s measurement of actual traffic in networks around the world show that global mobile data has nearly tripled in the last year, growing more than 10 times faster than voice. Mobile data traffic continues to grow exponentially even after the historic cross over point in December 2009 when data first exceeded voice, as reported by Ericsson earlier this year
Only 10% of mobile owners have a data plan, but the volume of traffic from such services has exceeded that of voice since the end of 2009.

“The growth and benefits of mobile broadband are undeniable,” said Ericsson’s Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer and President of Ericsson Silicon Valley Håkan Eriksson.

“The business model for mobile broadband is becoming one of increasing profitability and competitive differentiation through superior quality of service. Operator’s focus on end-to-end converged IP networks is key to addressing the dramatic traffic growth, while reducing costs and improving the user experience. For consumers, mobile broadband is transforming the way we communicate and prosper as a society.”

Ericsson recently installed its two millionth base station, just over three years after passing the million mark which took 20 years to reach.

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