Smartphone to reach 5.6 bn, wireless to reach 9.3 bn by 2019

Mobile subscriptions are expected to reach 9.3 billion by 2019, and more than 60 percent of these i.e. 5.6 billion – will be smartphones subscriptions as per Ericsson Mobility Report.

To support the smartphone user experience, 90 percent of the world’s population will be covered by WCDMA/HSPA in 2019 and 65 percent will be covered by 4G/LTE networks as per the report. The smartphone traffic will increase 10 times between 2013 and 2019.

Smartphone traffic will grow by 10 times between 2013 and 2019, reaching 10 exabytes. Video is growing 55 percent annually, and will represent more than 50 percent of the mobile data traffic, while social networking and web services will account for around 10 percent each in 2019.

Currently, smartphones represent 25-30 percent of all mobile phone subscriptions, yet they account for the majority (55 percent) of mobile phones sold in Q3.

Douglas Gilstrap, senior vice president and head of strategy, Ericsson said, “The rapid pace of smartphone uptake has been phenomenal and is set to continue. It took more than five years to reach the first billion smartphone subscriptions, but it will take less than two to hit the 2 billion mark. Between now and 2019, smartphone subscriptions will triple.”

“Interestingly, this trend will be driven by uptake in China and other emerging markets as lower-priced smartphone models become available,” added Gilstrap.

“Mobile broadband subscriptions will quadruple from today’s 2 billion subscriptions up to 8 billion by 2019,” said Johan Wibergh, head of Business Unit Networks, Ericsson.

“The amount of data sent by each smartphone will also quadruple up to 2019. That means, in 2019, over a period of just two weeks, five exabytes of information will be sent by the average smartphone user,” added Wibergh.

Ericsson’s research shows that online video is the biggest contributor to mobile traffic volumes, constituting 25 percent of total smartphone traffic and 40 percent of total tablet traffic. This puts new requirements on networks to cater for quality anywhere and anytime.

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