Global mobile data traffic nearly triples in 1 year

by CXOtoday Staff    Aug 17, 2010

Currently there are over five billion mobile subscriptions worldwide and only 10% of these use mobile broadband. However, according to Ericsson statistics, the global mobile data has nearly tripled in the last year, growing more than 10 times faster than voice.

The study also revealed that the global measured mobile data traffic stands at nearly 225,000 terabytes per month as of the second quarter of 2010. The key reason for such rapid growth of mobile broadband adoption is the introduction of high performance networks such as 3G and even 4G in some countries.

With revenues from voice and messaging showing a flat growth, it is not surprising that telcos worldwide are looking to increase profitability and competitive differentiation with mobile broadband.

“The business model for mobile broadband is becoming one of increasing profitability and competitive differentiation through superior quality of service,” said Håkan Eriksson, SVP, CTO & President of Ericsson Silicon Valley. “For consumers, mobile broadband is transforming the way we communicate and prosper as a society,” added Eriksson.