Mobile Internet Sign-Ups to Triple by 2019, Ericsson Says

Mobile Internet Sign-Ups to Triple by 2019, Ericsson SaysThe number of mobile subscriptions worldwide grew about 7 percent year-on-year by the end of the third quarter of 2013.
But the number of mobile broadband subscriptions grew amazingly faster over the same period – at a rate of 40 percent year-on-year, exceeding 2 billion in 2013, according to Ericsson’s 2013 mobility report.
Here’s the clincher: the number of global mobile Internet subscriptions will triple by 2019, the report says.
The amount of data usage per subscription also continued to grow steadily, with about 55 percent of all mobile phones sold in the third quarter of 2013 being smartphones.
“As coverage is built out it is increasingly common for users to replace fixed broadband with mobile broadband,” the report states. “The majority of mobile broadband devices are, and will continue to be, smartphones.”
The are major regional differences in smartphone usage. In 2019, almost all handsets in Western Europe and North America will be smartphones, compared to 50 percent of handset subscriptions in the Middle East and Africa.
The number of mobile subscriptions for mobile PCs, tablets and mobile routers is expected to grow from 300 million in 2013 to around 800 million in 2019.
Source: Ericsson Mobility Report.

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