Ericsson, the world’s largest mobile telecommunications equipment maker with a market share of 38%, forecasts that data traffic will grow 12-times between 2012 and 2018, driven mainly by video. Online video currently constitutes 25% of total smartphone traffic and 40% of total tablet traffic.
According to Ericsson, by 2018, total mobile subscriptions are expected to jump from 6.6 billion in 2012 to 9.3 billion in 2018, and LTE subscriptions are predicted to reach 1.6 billion by 2018.
According to their Mobility Report, about 40% of all phones sold in the third quarter 2012 were smartphones.
Data traffic doubled between the third quarter of 2011 and 2012, and it is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of around 50% between 2012 and 2018.
Among the bullet points:
- Approximately 40 percent of all phones sold in Q3 2012 were smartphones and the growth of smartphone data traffic is expected to exceed the overall average
- Mobile data traffic doubled between Q3 2011 and Q3 2012, and is expected to grow 12 times between 2012 and 2018, driven mainly by video
- Total mobile subscriptions are expected to reach 6.6 billion in 2012 and 9.3 billion in 2018
- There were an additional 13 million LTE subscriptions in Q3 2012, and numbers are predicted to reach 1.6 billion by 2018
Half of all mobile connections will be 3G/4G by 2017 says research firm Wireless Intelligence.