Mobile growth is about to be staggering – Fortune Tech

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  • A report from Swedish telecom giant Ericsson (ERIXF) this week showed that mobile traffic on data networks has been doubling for the past two years.
  • In a more comprehensive report, Cisco (CSCO) said earlier this month that global traffic on data networks grew by 70% last year. Cisco offered a comparison that suggests how big mobile has become: The traffic on mobile data networks in 2012 — 885 petabytes — was nearly 12 times greater than total Internet traffic around the world in 2000, back when the web was taking off.
  • Wireless data traffic will continue to grow 66% a year for the next five years. That means, by 2017, monthly mobile data traffic will reach 11.2 exabytes per month, or 13 times what it is right now. Other data points in the report underscore how big the mobile world has become and how quickly it will grow to be much, much bigger. Last year, some 4.3 billion people around the world had mobile devices, a population that will grow by close to a billion in five years.
  • Annual growth in data traffic will be significantly higher on smartphones (81%) and even higher on tablets (113%). However, smartphones will continue to be the biggest eaters of mobile-network data: In 2012, they made up 16% of devices connected to wireless networks and 44% of total traffic. In 2017, they will be 27% of connected devices and consume 68% of data.

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