Reports estimates mobile data levels to rise by 762% by 2019

by Andrew Roach on February 6, 2014

Smartphones are now so present in our daily lives that it’s hard to think of anything that we don’t use them for in our daily lives albeit for shopping, talking or browsing the web.

As their presence in communities across Canada has increased, it means that there is more mobile traffic than ever before and a new report has tipped these levels to rise by 762% over the next five years if current patterns stay at the same rate.

The figures, released by Cisco, predicts that the growth of 4G will act as the catalyst to encourage strong growth in mobile usage in the near future.

It comes as the results of a long study by the networking giants where Cisco looked at the growing mobile trends and patterns for the next five years.

In what may take some people by surprise, Cisco revealed in their survey that the national mobile data levels are expected to hit 246PB (petabytes) in 2019 rather than the 2.64PB that is currently used in 2014.

This is a huge increase in the amount of traffic that passes through networks each month and equates to watching 62 million movies a month.

Much of this growth has been put down to the growth of 4G networks which gives users access to high-speed internet connections on top-end smartphones and twice the speeds that someone could achieve on a 3G network.

It’s easy to see the difference when looking at individual usage as just one regular smartphone owner uses an average of 1.06GB every month while 4G enabled users tend to go through 2.22GB each.

Unsurprisingly, the difference between the two networks is nearly double and the gap is only likely to get bigger as more users switch to 4G smartphones in the near future.

Alongside national traffic figures increasing, Cisco are also expecting global 4G levels to rise by 8 times the limit than what it is today as the features spread through established networks in North America, Europe and Asia.

With this in mind, it seems that smartphones will continue to be a perennial part of our lives and that they will be a valuable tool for us to browse the web over the coming years.

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