Order of Magnitude Increase in Mobile Data Between 2016 and 2022
By the end of 2022 there will be 8.9 billion mobile subscriptions in use, Ericsson predicts. Mobile broadband subscriptions will reach eight billion, accounting for 90 percent of all mobile subscriptions.
The number of unique mobile subscribers is estimated to reach 6.1 billion by the end of 2022.
Monthly data traffic per smartphone continues to increase in all regions. North America has the highest usage, with 5.1 GB per month per active smartphone expected by the end of 2016. In 2022, North America will still be the region with the highest monthly usage (25 GB), but other regions will be catching up.
That represents an increase of almost 40 percent since the end of 2015.
Total mobile data traffic is expected to rise at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of around 45 percent In the future. Between 2016 and 2022, smartphone traffic is expected to increase by 10 times and total mobile traffic for all devices by eight times. By the end of this period, more than 90 percent of mobile data traffic will come from smartphones.