Thursday, February 6, 2014

Mobile data usage had an 81% increase in 2013

The latest release by Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) has revealed that data usage by mobile devices increased from 820 petabytes in a month in 2012 to 1.5 exabytes in a month in 2013. It went further to forecast that this will increase to 15 exabytes in a month by 2018.

Cisco’s Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update revealed that mobile data usage of about 18 exabytes in 2013 is about 18 times the entire internet usage (1 exabyte) in 2000, thirteen years ago.
It was revealed that about 526 million mobile devices and connections were added in 2013 and mobile phones are expected to exceed the world population in numbers this year. It was revealed that mobile video traffic accounted for 53% of the mobile internet usage.
Smartphones used 529MB per month on average in 2013 compared to 353MB per month in 2012. It is expected that smartphones will account for 66% of mobile data usage by 2018. Smartphones represented 27% of total global handsets in use in 2013.
Tablets are expected to account for 15% of global mobile traffic by 2016 while 4G traffic will be more than half of the total mobile traffic by 2018. It is expected that the number of connected mobile devices would have exceeded 10 billion by 2018.

It is also expected that the average connection speed on mobile will exceed 2Mbps by 2016. If all these stats point to one thing, it is that mobile devices are moving at a fast pace and increasing its threat to PC by the day.


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