Cisco have recently released some new mobile-specific figures in their Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast update that you can download here . This paper presents soms of Cisco’s major global moile data traffic projections and growth trends.

You can find below some highlights from their research:


  • Global mobile data traffic grew 2.6-fold in 2010, nearly tripling for the third year in a row
  • Last year’s mobile data traffic was three times the size of the entire global Internet in 2000
  • Mobile video traffic will exceed 50 percent for the first time in 2011
  • Average smartphone usage doubled in 2010
  • Smartphones represent only 13 percent of total global handsets in use today, but they represent over 78 percent of total global handset traffic.
  • In 2010, 3 million tablets were connected to the mobile network, and each tablet generated 5 times more traffic than the average smartphone
  • There are 48 million people in the world who have mobile phones, even though they do not have electricity at home
  • There will be nearly one mobile device per capita by 2015
  • Mobile-connected tablets will generate as much traffic in 2015 as the entire global mobile network in 2010
  • There will be 788 million mobile-only Internet users by 2015

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