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Mobile data traffic to grow tenfold by 2016: Ericsson

Posted on: November 14, 2011


  • Users living in urban areas to generate 60% of total mobile traffic
  • Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson sees a tenfold increase in mobile data traffic by the year 2016.
  • Video would be the main driver behind the surge, according to the latest Traffic and Market Data report published by the company.
  • Mobile broadband subscriptions are expected to reach almost five billion by 2016, up from the expected 900 million by the end of 2011. As per Ericsson, this would “represent 60% year-on-year growth.”
  • However, users living in urban areas, covering less than one per cent of the Earth’s total area, are set to generate around 60% of mobile traffic.
  • Traffic generated by advanced smartphones is expected to increase 12-fold by 2016, which will be almost equal to mobile PC-generated traffic
  • India and China account for some 40% of the estimated global mobile subscriptions at 5.8 billion as of the third quarter of 2011, Ericsson adds.

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