May 24, 2022

Ericsson Mobility Report: Global Smartphone Subscriptions to Reach 5.6 Billion by 2019

From the Report:

The number of mobile subscriptions worldwide has grown approximately 7 percent year-on-year during Q3 2013. The number of mobile broadband subscriptions grew even faster over this period – at a rate of 40 percent year-on-year, exceeding 2 billion in 2013. The amount of data usage per subscription also continued to grow steadily and around 55 percent of all mobile phones sold in Q3 2013 were smartphones.

Together, these factors have contributed to an increase in monthly mobile data traffic over Q3 2013 that exceeded total monthly mobile data traffic in Q4 2009. In this issue we look beyond our usual update and outlook on mobile traffic with an analysis of mobile traffic distribution over different device types and operating systems.

More Highlights From the Report

  • Global mobile broadband subscriptions will exceed 2 billion in 2013
  • Smartphone traffic will grow 10 times between 2013 and 2019
  • LTE will cover more than 65 percent of the world’s population in 2019

Read the Complete Report (Loaded with Graphics)

See Also: Additional Materials (Including Tool to Create Custom Graphs and Access to Previous Mobility Reports)

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