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* Approximately 40 percent of all phones sold in Q3 2012 were smartphones
the growth of smartphone data traffic is expected to exceed the overall
* Mobile data traffic doubled between Q3 2011 and Q3 2012, and is
grow 12 times between 2012 and 2018, driven mainly by video
* Total mobile subscriptions are expected to reach 6.6 billion in 2012
9.3 billion in 2018
* There were an additional 13 million LTE subscriptions in Q3 2012, and
numbers are predicted to reach 1.6 billion by 2018
The latest Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) Mobility Report, formerly known as the
Ericsson Traffic and Market Report, reveals that approximately 40 percent
phones sold in Q3 were smartphones. Data traffic doubled between Q3 2011
2012, and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of
50 percent between 2012 and 2018, driven mainly by video.
Figure: Application mobile data traffic volumes by device type
Ericsson's research shows that online video is the biggest contributor to
traffic volumes, constituting 25 percent of total smartphone traffic and 40
percent of total tablet traffic. This puts new requirements on networks to
for quality anywhere and anytime.
Douglas Gilstrap, Senior Vice President and Head of Strategy at Ericsson,
"Expectations of mobile-network quality have been elevated by the
of smartphones and tablets that have changed the way we use the internet.
Mobility is becoming an increasingly significant part of our daily lives;
always have devices within arm's reach, allowing us instant access to
information, entertainment and social interaction."
Total mobile subscriptions are expected to reach 6.6 billion by the end of
and 9.3 billion by the end of 2018. These figures do not include
machine-to-machine (M2M) subscriptions. China alone accounted for about 35
percent of net
additions during Q3, with about 40 million additional subscriptions. Brazil
million), Indonesia (7 million), and the Philippines (5 million) followed
terms of net additions. Overall, global mobile penetration reached 91
Q3 2012, and mobile subscriptions now total around 6.4 billion. Mobile
subscriptions have grown by around 9 percent year-on-year and 2 percent
By mid-2012, LTE coverage was provided for an estimated 455 million people
globally. Within five years, more than half the world's population is
to benefit from to LTE coverage.
Figure: Mobile Subscriptions by technology, 2009-2018
LTE is the fastest-developing system in the history of mobile
terms of buildout and uptake. LTE is currently being deployed and built out
all regions, and total subscriptions will increase from around 55 million
end of 2012 to an estimated 1.6 billion in 2018. WCDMA/HSPA networks
provide coverage to more than half the world's population and continue to
faster than LTE in terms of absolute numbers, adding 65 million
Q3 2012 compared with 13 million for LTE.
NOTES TO EDITORS
Link to Ericsson new and previous issues of Ericsson Mobility Report:
Bio and photos of Douglas Gilstrap
Interim Traffic and Market Report released
August 28, 2012
Press release, June 5 2012: Ericsson: 85 percent of the world's population
covered by high-speed mobile internet in 2017
Press release, November 7 2011: Ericsson predicts Mobile Data Traffic to
10-fold by 2016
Download high-resolution photos and broadcast-quality video at
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services. We are enabling the Networked Society with efficient real-time
solutions that allow us all to study, work and live our lives more freely,
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more than 40 percent of the world's mobile traffic goes through Ericsson
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We operate in 180 countries and employ more than 100,000 people. Founded in
1876, Ericsson is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2011 the company's
sales were SEK 226.9 billion (USD 35.0 billion). Ericsson is listed on
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Ericsson Mobility Report Nov 2012 - Full report:
Figure 6: Mobile subscriptions by region, 2009-2018:
Ericsson Mobility Report Press release PDF:
Figure 5: Mobile subscriptions by technology, 2009-2018 jpeg:
Figure 25: Application mobile data traffic volumes by device type:
Figure 1: Mobile Subscriptions by region Q3 2012 jpeg:
Figure 23: Comparison of data volume usage for a game session. JPEG:
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