Ericsson: Video Drives Mobile Data Traffic Increases

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Ericsson Mobiletrafficchart 300x180 Mobile data traffic by device type

The latest Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) Mobility Report indicates that approximately 40% of all phones sold in Q3 of 2012 were smartphones. Data traffic doubled between Q3 2011 and Q3 2012 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of around 50% between 2012 and 2018, driven mainly by video.

Ericsson's research indicates that online video is the biggest contributor to mobile traffic volumes, constituting 25% of total smartphone traffic and 40% of total tablet traffic.

Total mobile subscriptions are expected to reach 6.6 billion by the end of 2012 and 9.3 billion by the end of 2018, not counting machine-to-machine (M2M) subscriptions. Overall, global mobile penetration reached 91% in Q3 2012, and mobile subscriptions now total around 6.4 billion. Mobile subscriptions have grown by around 9% year-on-year and 2% quarter-on-quarter.
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