• By 2020, 90 percent of the world’s population over 6 years old will have a mobile phone, and smartphone subscriptions are expected to top 6.1 billion
  • India and China show fastest growth for new mobile subscriptions with 18 million and 12 million net additions in Q3 2014
  • 800 million new smartphone subscriptions in 2014 brings total to 2.7 billion worldwide
  • Mobile video traffic to increase tenfold and constitute 55 percent of all mobile data traffic by 2020


Ericsson Mobility Report is one of the leading analyses of data traffic available, providing in-depth measurements from the world’s largest selection of live networks spread all around the globe.

The report uses those measurements and analysis, together with internal forecasts and other relevant studies, to provide insights into current traffic and market trends in today’s Networked Society. One of the most surprising conclusions is that by 2020, it is expected that nine out of ten people aged six and over will have mobile phones.

The report sees smartphone subscriptions reaching 6.1 billion by 2020. The increasing affordability of smartphones in developing markets means they are set to overtake global feature phone subscriptions within two years.

The report also predicts that mobile video traffic will continue to grow dramatically, increasing tenfold by 2020 to account for 55 percent of all mobile data traffic.

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Rima Qureshi, Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer and Head of M&A at Ericsson, says: “The falling cost of both data usage and handsets, coupled with improved usability and increasing network coverage, are making mobile technology a global phenomenon that will soon be available to the vast majority of the world’s population, regardless of age or location.

“The Ericsson Mobility Report shows that in 2020 the world will be connected like never before, and that we will be well on the way to realizing our vision of a Networked Society in which every person and business is empowered to achieve their full potential.”


The last issue has been published in November 2014 and can be read here

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