Mobility an integral part of our future
As the Networked Society continues to take shape, we see that mobility is becoming more and more an integral part of our future. The uptake of smartphones and tablets, as well as improved mobile network quality means that the internet is increasingly becoming part of our everyday lives, whether we are accessing it for business information, entertainment or social interaction.
To reflect this change, what was formerly known as Ericsson’s Traffic and Market Report has been renamed the Ericsson Mobility Report. In the latest report, released Wednesday, November 21, figures show that 13 million new LTE subscriptions were recorded in Q3 2012. This will increase to around 55 million subscriptions by the end of 2012. This indicates that LTE is actually being deployed at a faster rate than any other technology in the history of mobile communication in terms of buildout and uptake. By 2017, it is expected that some 50 percent of the world’s population will be covered by LTE. WCDMA/HSPA networks currently provide coverage to more than half the world’s population, and continue to grow faster than LTE in terms of absolute numbers, adding 65 million subscriptions in Q3 2012.
Unsurprisingly, the report also shows that mobile-data traffic doubled between Q3 2011 and Q3 2012, and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of around 50 percent between 2012 and 2018, driven mainly by video.