Anyone who thinks that the Internet revolution is in anything but its early phase had better take a look at Cisco’s latest Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast (PDF). There are so many startling predictions and observations in the report that we’ll just begin with these headlines:
There will be 788 million mobile-only Internet users by 2015.
Global mobile data traffic will increase by a factor of 26 by 2015.
World mobile data grew by a factor of 2.6 in 2010 from 2009.
Average smartphone usage doubled: 79 MB per month, up from 35 MB per month in 2009.
Android operating system data use is rapidly catching up to the iPhone.
In 2010 almost a third of smartphone traffic was offloaded onto fixed networks via dual-mode or Femtocells.
Millions of people around the world have cell phones but no electricity, and by 2015 a majority in the Middle East and Southeast Asia will live “off-grid, on-net.”
- Mobile traffic to increase 26x by 2015 but will infrastructures support it? (howictheworld.com)