Video Drives 75% of Mobile Data Traffic

More than 75 percent of the world’s mobile data traffic will be video by 2021, growing 900 percent between 2016 and 2021, accounting for 78 percent of total mobile data traffic by the end of the forecast period.

The average smartphone will generate 6.8 GB of traffic per month by 2021, a fourfold increase over the 2016 average of 1.6 GB per month. By 2021, aggregate smartphone traffic will be seven times greater than it is today, with a CAGR of 48 percent.

Asia Pacific will account for 47 percent of global mobile traffic by 2021, according to Cisco. But the Middle East and Africa will have the strongest mobile data traffic growth of any region with a 65 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR). This region will be followed by Asia Pacific at 49 percent and Latin America at 45 percent CAGR.


China’s mobile traffic will surpass that of the United States by the end of 2017. China’s mobile traffic will reach 1.9 exabytes per month by the end of 2017, and mobile traffic in the United States will reach 1.6 exabytes per month, sys Cisco.

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