Mobile Internet Devices to Outnumber Humans this year

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Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Mobile Internet Devices to Outnumber Humans this year

According to Cisco's Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast mobile devices will outgrow the human population in 2012. At the current rate of growth there will be over 10 billion devices throughout the world by 2016. Smartphone data usage is also predicted to go up 78 percent over the next five years and should overtake laptop data usage by 2014. The reason for the increase in data is primarily video use accounting for two-thirds of traffic, and study's predict 4G will be responsible for 36 percent of Internet traffic, up from 6 percent currently.

Mobile Network facts for 2011:

Global mobile data traffic grew 2.3-fold in 2011, more than doubling for the fourth year in a row - The 2011 mobile data traffic growth rate was higher than anticipated. Last year's forecast projected that the growth rate would be 131 percent. This year's estimate is that global mobile data traffic grew 133 percent in 2011.

Mobile network connection speeds grew 66 percent in 2011 - Globally, the average mobile network downstream speed in 2011 was 315 kilobits per second (kbps), up from 189 kbps in 2010. The average mobile network connection speed for smartphones in 2011 was 1344 kbps, up from 968 kbps in 2010.

Average smartphone usage nearly tripled in 2011 - The average amount of traffic per smartphone in 2011 was 150 MB per month, up from 55 MB per month in 2010.

There were 175 million laptops on the mobile network in 2011, and each laptop generated 22 times more traffic than the average smartphone - Mobile data traffic per laptop was 2.1 GB per month, up 46 percent from 1.5 GB per month in 2010.

By the end of 2012, the number of mobile-connected devices will exceed the number of people on earth, and by 2016 there will be 1.4 mobile devices per capita - There will be over 10 billion mobile-connected devices in 2016, including machine-to-machine (M2M) modules-exceeding the world's population at that time (7.3 billion).

The average smartphone will generate 2.6 GB of traffic per month in 2016, a 17-fold increase over the 2011 average of 150 MB per month - Aggregate smartphone traffic in 2016 will be 50 times greater than it is today, with a CAGR of 119 percent.

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