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    Study: Mobile Data to Increase 10-Fold by 2016

    Nov 16, 2011
    A study by Swedish telecom equipment manufacturer Ericson predicts that mobile data traffic is set to increase 10-fold over the next five years. According to an article in the Montreal Gazette, the report was based on measurements “recorded over several years in live networks covering all regions of the world.” Ericson said it expects mobile data to triple during 2011 alone.

    A study by Swedish telecom equipment manufacturer Ericson predicts that mobile data traffic is set to increase 10-fold over the next five years. According to an article in the Montreal Gazette, the report was based on measurements “recorded over several years in live networks covering all regions of the world.” Ericson said it expects mobile data to triple during 2011 alone.  

    "Mobile broadband subscriptions will reach almost five billion in 2016, up from the expected 900 million by the end of 2011," the company said, pointing out that "that would represent 60 percent year-on-year growth."

    According to the article, the increase in Internet access over the next five years, regardless of the device used, is expected to be driven by video.

    "By 2016, users living (in urban areas covering) less than one percent of the Earth’s total area are set to generate around 60 percent of mobile traffic," the report said.

     

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