Ericsson has performed in-depth data traffic measurements in mobile networks from the world’s largest
installed base of live networks. These measurements have been collected from all regions of the world since the early days of mobile broadband.
The aim of this report is to share analysis based on these measurements, internal forecasts and other relevant studies to provide insights into the current traffic and market trends.
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.
In the last report Ericsson described app coverage – a new framework for understanding varying network performance within a given coverage area. In this edition Ericsson take this analysis a step further by using the radio characteristics of a WCDMA/HSPA network to predict coverage area and indoor penetration for popular smartphone applications such as streaming music and video, video telephony, and circuit-switched voice. Continuing on the theme of app coverage, Ericsson apply the same app type requirements on downlink speed to compare network performance in 17 cities globally.
Please enjoy the video round up of the report.