Smartphone Subscriptions to Triple To 5.6 Bln By 2019

Mobile subscriptions will jump to 9.3 billion by 2019, of which over 60 percent (or 5.6 billion) will be for smartphones, according to the Ericsson Mobility Report. WCDMA/HSPA networks are expected to cover 90 percent of the world’s population by 2019. Nearly two-thirds or 65 percent of the world’s population will be covered by 4G/LTE networks.

Currently, smartphones represent 25-30 percent of all mobile phone subscriptions, yet they account for the majority (55 percent) of mobile phones sold in this year’s third quarter. The report also shows that the rapid pace of smartphone uptake has been phenomenal and is set to continue. It took more than five years to reach the first billion smartphone subscriptions, but it will take less than two to hit the 2 billion mark. Report authors believe that, between now and 2019, smartphone subscriptions will triple.

Smartphone traffic is expected to grow by 10 times between 2013 and 2019, reaching 10 exabytes. Video is increasing by 55 percent annually, and will represent more than 50 percent of the mobile data traffic, while social networking and web services will account for around 10 percent each in 2019. 

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