Video traffic growing by 60 percent annually, driven by better network
Total global smartphone subscriptions hit the 1.2 billion mark in 2012,
and are due to reach 4.5 billion by the end of 2018
60 percent of the world's population due to be covered by LTE in 2018
Smartphone users spend most time on social networks: an average of 85
minutes a day in some networks
Data traffic volumes doubled between Q1 2012 and Q1 2013, and are
expected to grow 12-fold by 2018
TORONTO, June 3, 2013 /CNW/ - The new edition of the Ericsson (NASDAQ:
ERIC) Mobility Report reveals that mobile-data traffic will continue to
grow significantly in the coming years, a trend driven mainly by video.
Overall data traffic is expected to grow 12-fold by the end of 2018.
Increasing usage is driven by continual growth in the amount of content
available as well as the improved network speeds that come with HSPA
and LTE development.
Douglas Gilstrap, Senior Vice President and Head of Strategy at
Ericsson, says: "LTE services will be available to about 60 percent of
the world's population in 2018. We expect LTE subscriptions to exceed 1
billion in 2017, driven by more capable devices and demand for
data-intensive services such as video. Owing to the build out of
WCDMA/HSPA, network speeds have improved, and so has the user
Video makes up the largest segment of data traffic in networks, and it
is expected to grow around 60 percent annually up until the end of
2018. Video consumption is on average 2.6GB per subscription per month
in some networks.
While video is popular, users don't necessarily tend to spend the most
time on data-heavy applications. Consumers spend more time on social
networking: an average of up to 85 minutes per day in some networks.
Smartphones accounted for around half of all mobile-phone sales in Q1
2013, compared with roughly 40 percent for the whole of 2012. The
number of total mobile subscriptions grew by 8 percent globally
year-on-year by Q1 2013. Of those, WCDMA/HSPA added around 60 million
subscriptions, GSM/EDGE-only subscriptions grew by roughly 30 million,
and LTE added around 20 million new subscriptions. Mobile-broadband
subscriptions grew even faster over this period (at a rate of 45
percent year-on-year), reaching around 1.7 billion.
The Mobility Report also addresses the concept of "app coverage" -
broadening the definition of coverage from voice to include how well
users are able to access their mobile apps - and presents a new
framework explaining the effects of varying network performance in a
way that is relevant to the user.
In this edition of the report, the relationship between network
performance and consumer loyalty is also studied. Network performance
is the principal driver of subscriber loyalty to mobile operators,
followed by value for money. Other sections of the report explain the
effects of smartphone signaling on data traffic, and look at data
roaming, identifying opportunities for operators to generate new
NOTES TO EDITORS
Link to new and previous issues of the Ericsson Mobility Report:
Bio and photos of Douglas Gilstrap
Press release November 21, 2012: Ericsson Mobility Report shows rapid smartphone uptake and doubling of
mobile data traffic
Download high-resolution photos and broadcast-quality video at www.ericsson.com/press
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