10 Surprising Facts About Mobility Growth

10 Surprising Facts About Mobility Growth

10 Surprising Facts About Mobility Growth

On the Move  Mobile subscriptions have reached 6.4 billion, 8% higher than a year ago.

The interest in mobile devices will accelerate rapidly over the next several years, according to research recently released by Ericsson. The resulting Ericsson Mobility Report reveals that overall data traffic will grow twelvefold through the end of 2018, and that LTE (long-term evolution) will dominate coverage by that time. As for what's driving demand? Users are spending a great deal of time accessing social media on their devices, of course. But, by 2018, they won't be able to get enough video content. "We expect LTE subscriptions to exceed 1 billion in 2017, driven by more capable devices and demand for data-intensive services such as video," says Douglas Gilstrap, senior vice president and head of strategy at Ericsson. "Network speeds have improved, and so has the user experience." The research is based on historical industry data and company information (including information related to customer-network trends), as well as analysis of macroeconomic trends, user patterns, technology-development expectations, industry analysts' reports and other resources.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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