Mobile traffic grew 70 percent in 2012 and is likely to skyrocket. By 2017 the traffic via mobile devices is to be 13 times that much, according to Cisco forecast. Smartphone usage grew an astounding 81 percent in 2012 to average of 342MB of data monthly.
An average mobile user in 2012 would use about 201MB of data monthly. This is a typical use of a phone today. Downloading 1 app a month, watching 1 hour of video, playing about 2 hours of music, and making at least 1 video call. By 2017 a typical smartphone user will use up an average of 2GB of data every month, make 5 video calls, download 15 apps, watch 10 hours of video, and listen to 15 hours of favorite tunes.
The internet connection on mobile devices is to go from today’s 0.5Mbps to 3.9Mbps in 2017. Last year 2G networks carried about 76 percent of mobile connections and only 1 percent of phones were on 4G speeds. 4G is to grow ten fold by 2017.
Not surprisingly, Android phones take care of most mobile traffic in the world. After all, android dominates the smartphone market share by 72 percent. This trend is likely to continue into 2017.
For the first time in 2012 mobile video traffic exceeded 50 percent of all mobile traffic. By 2017 video calls are to consume 66 percent of all mobile traffic.
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