Mobile internet users to hit 3.5 billion by 2015

3.5 billion mobile internet users by 2015 - Ericsson Broadband Chief Magnus Ewerbring

Global mobile broadband users will grow from 500 million today to 3.5 billion by 2015, according to Ericsson’s broadband chief Magnus Ewerbring

Magnus Ewerbring said at the Mobile Broadband World 2010 event in London that the rise in mobile broadband had “only just started”, and that the services being used will change radically in the coming years.

Ewerbring expects huge growth in the number of connected devices in the home by 2020, as many as 10 per household and leading to some 50 billion connected devices adding to the pressure on networks.

However, he is confident that networks will continue to evolve to meet these demands, citing new speeds already on offer around the world.

“USB dongles are able to provide speeds of 21Mbit/s and 28Mbit/s, and this will continue to rise. It’s much more efficient to transmit one bit of data compared with voice, as you can use tricks that you can’t do with voice,” he said.