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05 December 2017
| James Pearce
Average monthly mobile data usage is set to top 2.4Gb per SIM card by the end of 2017, according to figures from GlobalData.
Disparities among different European countries mean that the
highest usage country – Finland – is expected
to see an average of 13.3Gb per SIM per month, compared with
much lower usage countries such as the Czech Republic, Germany,
Slovakia and Ukraine, which are all below 1GB per SIM per
The likes of Austria (5.7Gb), Poland (3.7Gb), and Russia
(3.5Gb) all recorded high data usage, which GlobalData said was
likely because operators in those countries offer unlimited
GlobalData estimates that monthly average mobile data usage
will range from 950MB in the Czech Republic to 727MB in
Slovakia owing to the relatively high data plan pricing in
these countries. The Ukraine, which also has a relatively low
average data usage, is yet to deploy 4G networks.
The UK will see average monthly mobile data of 1.98Gb,
according to GlobalData, which has been diluted due to the
exponential number of low data-intensive machine-to-machine SIM
cards. M2M cards are estimated to see usage of 291Mb per month
per card, compared with 2.6Mb for smartphones and 2.8Gb for
connected data services.