Average monthly mobile data usage to hit 14GB by 2020

The average smartphone user will get through a staggering 14GB of data every month by the end of the decade, while the number of handsets in use will more than double by that time. That’s according to a new report by communications tech firm Ericsson.

The latest Mobility Report predicts a surge in the amount of mobile usage during the next few years with an estimated 70% of the global population expected to access 3G and 4G network services through their smartphones by 2020.

The demand for mobile access will also see coverage increase to 90% of the world in five years time. In addition, there will be 3.5 billion new smartphone subscriptions, with over half of those coming from the Asia Pacific region - Western Europe will have 140 million new subscribers by 2020.

North America is set to be among the most data-heavy regions with the average smartphone user predicted to consume 14GB of data each month - a substantial rise on the 2.2GB used today. Ericsson says this growth will be caused by a rise in the amount of video content on social media and news sites.

Ericsson Senior Vice President Rima Qureshi said: "This immense growth in advanced mobile technology and data use, driven by a surge in mobile connectivity and smartphone uptake, will make today's big data revolution feel like the arrival of a floppy disk."

"We see the potential for mass-scale transformation, bringing a wealth of opportunities for telecoms operators and others to capture new revenue streams."

Source: The Inquirer

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