Smartphone Usage Expected to Skyrocket

By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Updated 11-28-2013 | Posted 11-27-2013 Email

A new study by communications technology giant Ericsson forecasts that mobile phone subscriptions will reach 9.3 billion by 2019. Over 60 percent, or 5.6 billion subscriptions, will be for smartphones. Today, smartphones represent 25 to 30 percent of all mobile phone subscriptions, according to the report. In contrast, mobile PC, tablet and mobile router subscriptions are forecast to reach a mere 750 million by 2019. To arrive at these numbers, Ericsson measured data traffic in mobile networks from the world's largest installed base of live networks. These have been collected from all regions of the world since the early days of mobile broadband. "It took more than five years to reach the first billion smartphone subscriptions, but it will take less than two to hit the 2 billion mark," says Ericsson Senior Vice President Douglas Gilstrap. "Between now and 2019, smartphone subscriptions will triple, driven by uptake in China and other emerging markets as lower-priced smartphone models become available." For more about the Ericsson Mobility Report, click here.  

Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.


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