By 2017 Global data traffic to grow 15 folds

We all know that Mobile internet is evolving and a recent report by Ericsson reveals it’ll see a tremendous growth in the coming years. The report says that by 2017:

  • 85 percent of the world’s population will have interent coverage via 3G
  • 50 percent of the world’s population will be covered by LTE/4G
  • Smartphone subscriptions are expected to reach 3 billion
  • Global data traffic is expected to grow 15 times with video and smartphones as key data traffic drivers.
  • Mobile subscriptions are expected to reach the 9 billion mark as against 6 billion in 2011
  • Mobile broadband subscriptions are expected to reach the 5 billion mark as againast 1 billion in 2011

Douglas Gilstrap, Senior Vice President and head of Strategy, Ericsson says: “Today, people see access to the internet as a prerequisite for any device. This mindset results in growing demand for mobile broadband and increased data traffic. Operators recognize this business opportunity and are aiming to facilitate this growth and provide good user experience with fast data speeds through high capacity networks. Today, around 75% of the HSPA networks worldwide have been upgraded to a peak speed of 7.2 Mbps or above and around 40% has been upgraded to 21 Mbps.

The report further breaks down the world’s regions by growth of mobile connectivity. In Q1 2012, China has added 39 million mobile subscribers followed by India with 25 million new subscribers. The Asia Pacific region added in total 93 million subscriptions, followed by Africa with 30 million.

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