10 Awesome Facts About the Mobile Revolution

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 12-06-2013 Email Print this article Print

You may think that everyone on the planet already has a smartphone. Well, guess again: smartphone-based subscriptions actually account for the vast minority of overall mobile subscriptions in the world, which means there's plenty of room for user share to grow, according to research recently published by Ericsson. The resulting "Ericsson Mobility Report: On the Pulse of the Networked Society," covers the state of smartphones along with a wide range of data about other devices and connectivity trends. Data, of course, remains a primary demand driver here, now dominating in overall traffic volume compared to voice (even though voice traffic held the edge as recently as four years ago). "The rapid pace of smartphone uptake has been phenomenal and is set to continue," says Douglas Gilstrap, senior vice president and head of strategy at Ericsson. "Between now and 2019, smartphone subscriptions will triple. Interestingly, this trend will be driven by uptake in China and other emerging markets as lower-priced smartphone models become available." For more about the report, click here.

  • Onward and Upward

    There are 6.7 billion global mobile subscriptions, of which no more than 30% are for smartphones. Meaning smartphones have plenty of growth potential.
    Onward and Upward
  • Broad Perspective

    Global mobile broadband subscriptions are expected to surpass 2 billion this year, and will reach 8 billion by the end of 2019.
    Broad Perspective
  • Twice as Nice

    Mobile PC, tablet and mobile router subscriptions will more than double by 2019, from 300 million now to 750 million.
    Twice as Nice
  • Meet the New Boss

    There was less data traffic than voice traffic in 2009. Today, there's at least nine times as much data traffic as there is voice traffic.
    Meet the New Boss
  • High Volume, Part I

    Data traffic per smartphone will nearly quadruple by 2019, from 600 MB every month to 2,200 MB.
    High Volume, Part I
  • High Volume, Part II

    Data traffic per mobile PC will grow from 3,300 MB every month to 13,000 MB in 2019. For tablets, the traffic will increase from 1,000 MB currently to 4,500 in 2019.
    High Volume, Part II
  • Visual Sensation

    One-half of mobile data traffic will be video-driven by 2019.
    Visual Sensation
  • Big Reach

    65% of the world population will be covered by LTE in 2019, and 95% of North America will be covered by that time.
    Big Reach
  • Biggest Regions for Mobile Subscriptions

    Asian-Pacific (except China and India): 1.3 billion, China: 1.2 billion, Africa: 803 million, India: 742 million, Latin America: 697 million
    Biggest Regions for Mobile Subscriptions
  • What Users Spend the Most Time Doing on Smartphones Every Month

    Social networking: 13 hours, Checking out entertainment: 8 hours, Gaming: 6 hours
    What Users Spend the Most Time Doing on Smartphones Every Month
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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