Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast by Cisco (2014–2019)

In this post, you can find several important points about mobile data traffic growth between 2014 and 2019.
This summary info will provide you a general view on mobile data traffic growth.

The original document is released by Cisco with the name Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast 2014–2019.
Here, I tried to make a little summary. You can also find the original document link at the end of this post.

The Mobile Network in 2014

• Global mobile data traffic grew %69 in 2014.

• Last year’s mobile data traffic(30 exabyte) was nearly 30 times the size of the entire global Internet in 2000 (1 exabyte).

• Mobile video traffic exceeded %50 of total mobile data traffic for the first time in 2012. It was %55 by the end of 2014.

• Almost half a billion (497 million) mobile devices and connections were added in 2014

• In 2014, on an average, a smart device generated 22 times more traffic than a non-smart device.

• Mobile network (cellular) connection speeds grew %20 in 2014. (Average downstream speed in 2014 was 1,683 kbps, up from 1,387 kbps in 2013)

• In 2014, a 4G connection generated 10 times more traffic on average than a non-4G connection. Although 4G connections represent only %6 of mobile connections today, they already account for %40 of mobile data traffic.

• Average smartphone usage grew %45 in 2014 (563 MB to 819 MB per month).

• Per-user iOS mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) data usage marginally surpassed that of Android mobile devices data usage

• In 2014, %27 of mobile devices were potentially IPv6-capable.

The Mobile Network Through 2019

• Global mobile data traffic will increase nearly tenfold between 2014 and 2019.

• Monthly global mobile data traffic will surpass 24.3 exabytes by 2019.

• By the end of 2014, the number of mobile-connected devices will exceed the number of people on earth, and by 2019 there will be nearly 1.5 mobile devices per capita. (11.5 billion mobile-connected devices by 2019, population will be 7,6 billion)

• Mobile network connection speeds will increase more than twofold by 2019. The average mobile network connection speed:
o 1.7 Mbps in 2014
o 2.0 Mbps by 2016
o 4.0 Mbps by 2019

• By 2019, 4G will be %26 of connections, but %68 of total traffic.

• By 2019, more than half of all devices connected to the mobile network will be “smart” devices.

• By 2019, %50 of all global mobile devices could potentially be capable of connecting to an IPv6 mobile network

• Nearly three-fourths of the world’s mobile data traffic will be video by 2019(%72 of total mobile data traffic)

• The average smartphone will generate 4.0 GB of traffic per month by 2019, a fivefold increase over the 2014 average of 819 MB per month.

• The Middle East and Africa will have the strongest mobile data traffic growth of any region with a %72 CAGR.

For the detailed information, check the following document, prepared by Cisco.
Cisco Visual Networking Index:Global Mobile
Data Traffic Forecast (2014–2019)

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