Mobile data traffic to grow tenfold by 2016

01 December 2011 |


A report from Ericsson predicts that mobile data traffic will grow tenfold by 2016, with video being the main driving force.

The report is based on measurements recorded over several years in live networks, covering all world regions.

Mobile broadband subscriptions have grown by 60% in one year and are expected to grow from 900 million subscribers in 2011 to nearly five billion subscribers in 2016, at the same time as the data consumed by smartphone users is surging. Total smartphone traffic is expected to triple during 2011.

Data consumption is expected to continue to be driven upwards by mobile broadband, new smartphone launches and applications. Ericsson expects traffic generated by advanced smartphones to increase 12-fold to roughly equal mobile PC-generated traffic by 2016.