Mobile data traffic has increased 300 times in the last 10 years

The Ericsson Mobility Report revealed that 5.5 billion smartphone users have joined us since 2011. It is estimated that the number of 5G subscribers will reach 4.4 billion by the end of 2027.

Many institutions continued to grow with digital customer service during the pandemic period. In fact, in this period, individuals as well as institutions discovered doing business with online commerce, distance education and access. Mobile devices have become the digital customer’s compass. In addition, the rapid increase in mobile internet usage drew attention. According to Ericsson’s new Mobility Report, there has been an almost 300-fold increase in mobile data traffic since 2011. The report, which includes findings based on current and historical network data, shares important trends and events that have shaped the last 10 years, as well as forecasts for 2027.


According to the Ericsson Mobility Report, the number of 5G subscribers is expected to reach 660 million by the end of 2021. This prediction significantly strengthens the assumption that 5G will be the fastest mobile generation to roll out to date.

It is stated that this increase is due to the partial decrease in the prices of 5G devices, creating more demand than expected in China and North America. In addition, in the third quarter of 2021, the number of 4G subscribers increased by 48 million, while the number of 5G users increased by 98 million. By the end of the year, it is estimated that 5G networks will cover more than 2 billion people.


According to the latest estimates, by 2027, 5G is expected to be the dominant mobile access technology with the increase in the number of subscribers worldwide, covering 75% of the world’s population and carrying 62% of the smartphone traffic, accounting for about half of the subscriptions worldwide.

Since 2011, the establishment of 4G LTE networks has played a crucial role in connecting 5.5 billion new smartphones worldwide, contributing to the launch of more than 20,000 different 4G device models.

The report points out that devices with 5G support are entering a technology cycle much earlier. 5G-enabled devices account for 23% of global volume today. 4G supported phones, on the other hand, have a share of 8% at the relevant point of this technology cycle. This process helps mobile data traffic grow exponentially as fast as possible.


The new forecasts reveal that large IoT deployments will accelerate further in the coming years, covering use cases such as e-health applications, wearables, logistics asset tracking, environmental monitoring, smart meters, smart production monitoring and tracking devices. Massive IoT deployments are estimated to account for 51% of all cellular IoT connections by 2027. In addition, the number of Fixed Wireless Access connections, which was 88 million in 2021, is expected to increase almost 3 times to 230 million in 2027. Almost half of these connections are expected to be carried over 5G networks.


Fredrik Jejdling, Vice President Networks at Ericsson, said: “Mobile communications have had an incredible impact on society and business over the past 10 years. As we look to 2027, mobile networks will have more of an impact than ever before, from the way we interact to our daily and business lives. The latest issue of our Ericsson Mobility Report demonstrates that technology-led change is accelerating.” Broadband Internet of Things (IoT) has surpassed 2G/3G and has become the segment with the largest share in connecting IoT applications. Broadband IoT technology is expected to account for 47% of all cellular IoT connections by the end of 2021, compared to 37% for 2G and 16% for Massive IoT (NB-IoT and Cat-M) technologies.


In the third quarter of 2021, mobile network data traffic grew 42% to approximately 78 Exabytes (EB), including traffic generated by Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) services. In the third quarter alone, there was more mobile data traffic than all mobile traffic between 2011 and early 2017. New estimates reveal that total mobile network data traffic is likely to reach 370 Exabytes by the end of 2027. Furthermore, the report reveals that the nature of mobile connections is changing rapidly, contributing to the continued increase in mobile data traffic.

Source: Sabah / Translated by Irem Yildiz

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