Light Reading
And 4G represents just 1 percent of the planet's mobile connections, just one of an array of mind-blowing stats from Cisco's new mobile data forecast

Cisco: 4G Eats 14 Percent of World's Mobile Data

Dan Jones
LR Mobile News Analysis
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor
2/5/2013
50%
50%

4G devices represent a tiny percentage of the world's wireless connections, but they already punch way above weight in terms of mobile traffic shifted, according to the latest global mobile data traffic forecast from Cisco Systems Inc. Cisco put out its annual visual networking index (VNI) global mobile data traffic forecast on Tuesday. The company predicts that worldwide mobile data traffic will increase 13-fold between 2012 and 2017, and reach 11.2 exabytes per month by 2017. The continued growth in mobile traffic will continue to be driven by the increase in mobile devices and wireless machine-to-machine connections through 2017. Cisco expects that the number of mobile connections up and running will exceed the expected 7.6 billion population of the earth by 2017. Average data speeds will also increase as 3G connections overtake 2G connections round the world and 4G starts to make its mark. Cisco is predicting that average mobile network speeds will increase seven-fold -- from 0.5Mbit/s in 2012 to 3.9Mbit/s in 2017. Faster data speeds will also facilitate even more people sending funny cat videos using their mobile phones. Video already represents over 50 percent of mobile data traffic, and will grow to 66 percent of all mobile traffic within the five year period. Light Reading Mobile is unable to quantify how much of that growth will be driven by videos of Maru jumping in and out of boxes. Despite all the talk of 4G networks from carriers in the U.S. and Asia, the faster data technology represents just 1 percent of the mobile connections on the planet right now. In 2012, 2G still dominated globally, with 3G at 23 percent of connections. By 2017, 3G will represent 57 percent of global mobile connections, while 4G will be at 10 percent, Cisco says. "3G took at about seven years to reach 10 percent adoption, so 4G is on roughly the same track," comments Thomas Barnett, senior manager of product & solutions marketing for Cisco. But just how much data today's 4G users gobble through now is striking. "That 1 percent is generating 14 percent of the traffic, so speed does matter," says Barnett. When 4G reaches its anticipated 10 percent adoption rate in 2017, the technology will drive 45 percent of mobile traffic, Cisco predicts — Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

(1)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
ChiefHuntingBear
50%
50%
ChiefHuntingBear,
User Rank: Light Beer
2/6/2013 | 11:24:39 PM
re: Cisco: 4G Eats 14 Percent of World's Mobile Data
I have been using a Nokia Lumia 710 Windows smartphone for the past year from T-Mobile with 5gb of 4G per month for $70.00 + taxes ; And, Beginning in February 20th, 2013 I will have unlimited 4G at the same price, with the 710 that I'm already using or with a new Nokia Lumia 820 with 4G and LTE, which will be available in Chicago within a couple months.
Flash Poll
Wagner’s Ring
Data Centers Drive Telcos Into the Future

8|28|14   |   2:20   |   (2) comments


Data centers are at the heart of key trends driving telecom -- network virtualization, the drive for increased agility, and the need to compete with OTT providers.
LRTV Custom TV
Why SPs Should Consider Cisco's EPN

8|27|14   |   5:40   |   (0) comments


Sultan Dawood from Cisco discusses Cisco's EPN, which enables SPs to build agile and programmable networks delivering new network virtualized services using Cisco's Evolved Services Platform (ESP).
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei’s Showcase @ Big Telecom Event 2014

8|26|14   |   2.56   |   (0) comments


SoftCOM is Huawei's framework for telecom business and network transformation. Haofei Liu, Solution Marketing Manager, Carrier Business Group, Huawei, showcases Huawei's SoftCOM architecture in this video.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei @ BTE 2014: Director of Integrated Solutions on SoftCOM & NFV Monetization

8|26|14   |   4.43   |   (0) comments


Libin Dai, Director of Integrated Solutions, Carrier Business Group, discusses Huawei's SoftCOM and NFV monetization. Huawei believes that NFV monetization should be service-driven rather than network-driven, and that operators should have network transformation, service transformation and a compatible and collaborative ecosystem in place in order to deploy NFV.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei @ BTE 2014: Director of US NFV Lab on CloudEdge & the Future of NFV

8|26|14   |   4.06   |   (0) comments


Sean Chen, Director of US NFV Lab at Huawei, discusses Huawei's new approach to NFV in open collaboration. Huawei believes that through Proof of Concept tests, it could help operators learn and communicate with the industry more effectively. Sean believes that successful implementation of NFV should have its values reaching to end users and discusses how Huawei's ...
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei's Highlights @ Big Telecom Event 2014

8|26|14   |   3.34   |   (0) comments


At the Big Telecom Event in Chicago Huawei showcases its high-level strategy, the SoftCOM architecture, which helps operators reduce the cost of ownership of their network infrastructure and generate additional revenue in the ICT service environment. Huawei showcases over 30 pilot programs from across the globe, focusing on the industry-leading commercial ...
LRTV Custom TV
VeEX – Live from the Show

8|21|14   |   5:58   |   (0) comments


An overview of VeEX Test and Measurement solutions including TX300S multi-service test set with VeExpress cloud-based management system, UX400 universal modular platform supporting 100G testing, and the redesigned RXT modular platform.
LRTV Custom TV
Transitioning CE 2.0 Networks Into the SDN & NFV Era With Telco Systems

8|19|14   |   5:19   |   (0) comments


Telco Systems' Ariel Efrati (CEO) and Moshe Shimon (VP of Product Management) discuss virtualization and how the company's new Open Metro Edge solution utilizes the SDN and NFV concepts to accelerate and orchestrate service delivery through its innovative product portfolio and software applications.
LRTV Custom TV
NFV Myths: Is NFV Still Several Years Away?

8|11|14   |   1:13   |   (0) comments


Some say that NFV (network functions virtualization) is still several years away from being implemented on mobile operator networks. This isn't the case. Operators can get started on their paths to NFV now, as this short video from Skyfire shows.
LRTV Custom TV
A New Security Paradigm in SDN/NFV

7|28|14   |   02:54   |   (0) comments


Paul Shaneck, Global Director Network Solutions for Symantec, discusses the evolving virtualized network, explaining how Symantec is leading the security discussion as it relates to SDN and NFV, and helping to ensure the network is protected and compliant.
LRTV Documentaries
Sprint's Network Evolution

7|24|14   |   14:59   |   (0) comments


Sprint's Jay Bluhm gives a keynote speech at the Big Telecom Event (BTE) about Sprint's network and services evolution strategy, including Spark.
LRTV Documentaries
BTE Keynote: The Software-Defined Operator

7|24|14   |   18:43   |   (1) comment


Deutsche Telekom's Axel Clauberg explains the concept of the software-defined operator to the Big Telecom Event (BTE) crowd.
Upcoming Live Events!!
September 16, 2014, Santa Clara, CA
September 16, 2014, Santa Clara, CA
September 23, 2014, Denver, CO
October 29, 2014, New York City
November 6, 2014, Santa Clara
November 11, 2014, Atlanta, GA
December 9-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
Infographics
A survey conducted by Vasona Networks suggests that 72% of mobile users expect good performance all the time, and they'll blame the network operator when it's not up to par.
Hot Topics
Rogers, Shaw Take Aim at Netflix
Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 8/26/2014
Utilities to Pump $11.2B Into Smart Grid – Study
Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Utility Communications/IoT, 8/26/2014
Verizon Launches QR Code Security Solution
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 8/26/2014
Fiber Revival at Deutsche Telekom
Iain Morris, 8/25/2014
M2M's In Fashion: Wearables Play the US Open
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 8/25/2014
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed