Mobile Future

Mobile Data’s Exploding Growth

Cisco’s annual Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update was released yesterday and the analysis points to the extraordinary growth in mobile data and looks ahead at future developments in the wireless space. Some of the key findings from the report are noted below.

In 2011:

Global mobile data traffic grew 133%, more than doubling for the fourth year in a row.

Smartphones generated 35 times more mobile data traffic than basic-feature cell phones, and tablets generated 121 times more mobile data traffic.

The average amount of traffic per smartphone almost tripled, growing 55 MB per month in 2010 to 150 MB per month in 2011.

The number of wireless tablets reached 34 million and used 3.4 times more traffic than the average smartphone.

Looking ahead:

More than 100 million smartphone users will use over 1 GB of data per month by 2012.

In 2016, tablets will generate almost as much traffic as the entire global mobile network in 2012.

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