Mobile data doubled year-on-year, Ericsson find

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Ericsson’s mobility report reveals online video is the biggest contributor to data growth, which is expected to rise 12-fold by 2018

Ericsson have found that mobile data traffic has doubled since the third quarter of last year, and is expected to grow by 50 per cent annually between now and 2018.

The manufacturers ‘mobility report’ also found that about 40 per cent of phones sold in Q3 were smartphones.

Ericsson’s research shows that online video is the biggest contributor to mobile traffic volumes, making up 25 per cnet of total smartphone traffic and 40 per cent of total tablet traffic.

By mid-2012, 455 million people globally had access to LTE coverage, the technology typically used to provide ‘4G’ services. Within five years it is expected more than half the world’s population will benefit from LTE.

Total mobile subscriptions are expected to reach 6.6 billion by the end of 2012 and 9.3 billion by the end of 2018, not including M2M subscriptions. China saw 40 million new subscriptions, Brazil 9 million and Indonesia 7 million.

Senior vice president and head of strategy Douglas Gilstrap said: “Expectations of mobile-network quality have been elevated by the availability of smartphones and tablets that have changed the way we use the internet.”

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