Mobile Devices

February 25, 2013

Mobile Traffic Expected to Grow an Impressive Amount by 2017

Internet use on mobile devices is only expected to grow over the next couple of years. iGR is just one industry analyst that is expecting a continued growth in global mobile data traffic. The company recently released a study in which it says that global mobile traffic will actually reach 10.3 million terabytes per month by the end of 2017.

The newest iGR report is forecasting a growth of mobile traffic of 11 times what it is today. The company said that in 2012, mobile traffic saw about 889,000 terabytes per month. The forecast includes 3G and 4G LTE but is not including Wi-Fi, which might actually make the numbers that much more impressive.

"Although we expect developing markets' consumption of mobile data to grow faster than consumption in more mature markets, mobile data growth is significant in every region," said Iain Gillott, president and founder of iGR.

 "In more mature markets the growth is driven by network upgrades to LTE, multiple devices per user, increasing mobile device and data usage, and a trend toward consuming content stored in the cloud via mobile devices."

The developing world will see the most growth in mobile traffic. iGR is also taking a look at what the mobile traffic use will be in North America and Europe. Latin America for one, is looking to get better connections to 3G connections as well as 4G LTE in the future.

With these better connections, more and more people are going to want to join the existing networks. This is how the network traffic will grow at such an astonishing rate. The report divides the kinds of connections, from light to medium to heavy to extreme. By doing this, the report will be able to detail where the most connections will be as well as what kind of connections they are using.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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