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Key figures

The Ericsson Mobility Report brings you the latest global and regional mobile statistics. See the tables below for past, current and forecast figures for mobile subscriptions, mobile traffic and more.

Global key figures

Mobile subscription 2015 2016 2022 forecast CAGR** 2016-2022 Unit
Worldwide mobile subscriptions 7,260 7,520 8,980 3% million
> Smartphone subscriptions 3,280 3,860 6,830 10% million
> Mobile PC, tablet and mobile
router subscriptions
240 240 320 5% million
> Mobile broadband subscriptions 3,530 4,390 8,280 11% million
> Mobile subscriptions, GSM/EDGE-only 3,600 3,050 670 -22% million
> Mobile subscriptions, WCDMA/HSPA 2,080 2,280 2,780 3% million
> Mobile subscriptions, LTE 1,090 1,860 4,960 18% million
> Mobile subscriptions, 5G      530   million
Mobile traffic* 2015 2016 2022 forecast CAGR** 2016-2022 Unit
> Data traffic per smartphone 1.4 2.1 12 33% GB/month
> Data traffic per mobile PC 5.8 7.7  23 20% GB/month
> Data traffic per tablet 2.5 3.6 11 20% GB/month
Total traffic 2015 2016 2022 forecast CAGR** 2016-2022 Unit
Total mobile data traffic 5.3 8.8 71 42% EB/month
> Smartphones 4.1 7.2 66 45% EB/month
> Mobile PCs 0.4 0.5 1.3 17% EB/month
> Tablets 0.2 0.3 1.5 30% EB/month
> Total fixed data traffic 60 70 170 15% EB/month

Regional key figures

Mobile subscriptions 2015 2016 2022 forecast CAGR** 2016-2022 Unit
North America 370 380 430 2% million
Latin America 690 690 770 2% million
Western Europe 520 520 550 1% million
Central and Eastern Europe  580 580 640 1% million
North East Asia 1,550 1,570 1,840 3% million
China1 1,310 1,320 1,580 3% million
South East Asia and Oceania 1,010 1,070 1,280 3% million
India, Nepal and Bhutan 1,040 1,160 1,480 4% million
Middle East and Africa 1,370 1,400 1,770 4% million
Sub-Saharan Africa2 660 660 950 6% million
Other3 130 150 220 7% million
Smartphone subscriptions 2015 2016 2022 forecast CAGR** 2016-2022 Unit
North America 280 310 370 3% million
Latin America 340 410 590 7% million
Western Europe 350 380 480 4% million
Central and Eastern Europe 200 240 440 11% million
North East Asia 1,120 1,250 1,750 6% million
China1 930 1,050 1,520 6% million
South East Asia and Oceania 370 480 1,000 13% million
India, Nepal and Bhutan 210 270 890 22% million
Middle East and Africa 350 470 1,220 17% million
Sub-Saharan Africa2 180 250 770 20% million
Other3 60 50 90 10% million
Data traffic per smartphone* 2015 2016 2022 forecast CAGR** 2016-2022 Unit
North America  3.7 5.0 26 31% GB/month
Latin America 1.3 1.7 10 35% GB/month
Western Europe 1.9 2.7 22 42% GB/month
Central and Eastern Europe 1.8 2.6 14 33% GB/month
North East Asia 0.8 1.2 8.4 38% GB/month
China1 0.4 0.8 6.5 41% GB/month
South East Asia and Oceania 1.3 1.8 12 36% GB/month
India, Nepal and Bhutan 1.5 4.1 11 18% GB/month
Middle East and Africa 1.0 1.3 8.2 36% GB/month
Sub-Saharan Africa2 0.8 1.0 5.3 31% GB/month
Total mobile traffic 2015 2016 2022 forecast CAGR** 2016-2022 Unit
North America 1.2 1.8 9.8 33% EB/month
Latin America 0.4 0.7 5.6 42% EB/month
Western Europe 0.8 1.2 9.5 42% EB/month
Central and Eastern Europe  0.5 0.7 6.3 43% EB/month
North East Asia 1.2 1.9 15 40% EB/month
China1 0.5 1.0 9.8 47% EB/month
South East Asia and Oceania 0.5 0.8 9.0 50% EB/month
India, Nepal and Bhutan 0.3 1.0 7.8 41% EB/month
Middle East and Africa 0.4 0.6 8.4 55% EB/month
Sub-Saharan Africa2 0.1 0.2 3.2 53% EB/month
Other3 0.0 0.1 0.1 0% EB/month

* Active devices
** CAGR is calculated on unrounded figures

1 These figures are also included in the figures for North East Asia

2 These figures are also included in the figures for Middle East and Africa

3 Category introduced as part sum of all regions do not sum up to total figure due to the definition of regions used here