Data Traffic by the Numbers


Mobile data usage is growing exponentially, with no signs of slowing down. A couple of recent studies on the growth of mobile data traffic include a few stats that are worthy of note.

On the U.S. front, a June, 2014 report from CTIA-The Wireless Association The Wireless Association indicates that the total amount of data handled by wireless carriers in the U.S. more than doubled in 2013, with the average subscriber line carrying just over 800 megabytes of data a month per subscriber (the largest portion being video). All in all, U.S. carriers saw 3.2 exabytes (i.e. 10×18 bytes, or 1 billion gigabytes) of data traffic across their networks.

According to this study, U.S. subscribers:
• Spent 218 billion minutes per month talking (average of 650 minutes per month per line)
• Sent 153 billion text messages (457 messages per line)
• Sent 10 billion multimedia message (30 per line)

And the rest of the world? Cisco’s February 2014 Visual Networking Index Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update 2014 Visual Networking Index Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update offers up all sorts of comparative numbers on global usage patterns.

Overall, global mobile data traffic grew 81% in 2013 (putting the U.S. ahead of the curve), reaching 1.5 exabytes per month. Of that, 53% was video.

Some other factoids to consider:
• 526 million mobile devices and connections were added in 2013 growing to 7 billion (77% of that was smartphones).
• While smart devices represented 27% of the total mobile devices and connections in 2013, they accounted for 95% of global mobile data traffic.
• Smart devices generated 29X more traffic than a non-smart device.
• Nearly 22 million wearable devices generated 1.7 petabytes of monthly traffic.
• Mobile-connected tablets increase 2.2-fold to 92 million, with each generating 2.6X more traffic than the average smartphone.

There’s always a wealth of numbers to be found on the growth of mobile data traffic, and the info we shared from these two reports only touch the surface of the insights being generated from mobile data traffic usage. From our perspective it’s pretty simple: with more and more people hitting the data bandwagon, the future is looking very bright indeed for enabling technologies like Cel-Fi.

Do you have some studies you would like to share? Let us know.

By the Cel-Fi Team

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