World mobile data traffic to explode by factor of 26 by 2015

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.”

via World mobile data traffic to explode by factor of 26 by 2015.

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