Mobile broadband subscriptions crosses 2.4 bn

Mobile broadband technology continues to reach more people all around the world, with global mobile broadband subscriptions reaching 2.4 billion in Q2 2014 according to Ericsson Mobility Report.

The total mobile subscriptions reached 6.8 billion in Q2 2014. Mobile subscriptions are growing around 6 percent year-on-year and 1.1 percent quarter-on quarter.

80 million new subscriptions were added during Q2 2014 of this around 12 million comes from China, 5 million from Russia and 5 million from India, the three countries to show the fastest growth in the quarter. Many subscribers have multiple subscriptions, so the total global number of subscribers is estimated at 4.6 billion.

In Q2 2014, mobile broadband subscriptions passed 2.4 billion, growing by around 140 million, reflecting a year-on-year increase of around 35 percent. WCDMA and HSPA subscriptions grew by around 70 million and LTE subscriptions increased by approximately 40 million to 280 million. The total number of subscriptions capable of using GSM grew by 90 million, while GSM-only subscriptions declined by 40 million, a rate of 1 percent.

Around 300 million smartphones were sold in Q2 2014. This device represented more than 65 percent of all mobile phones sold in Q2 2014, compared to around 55 percent in Q2 2013. Of all mobile phone subscriptions, around 35 percent are associated with smartphones, leaving considerable room for further uptake.

The number of mobile data subscriptions is increasing rapidly, and driving growth in data traffic along with a continuous increase in the average data volume per subscription. Data traffic grew around 10 percent between Q1 2014 and Q2 2014.

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