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Mobile traffic Q1 2019

Mobile data traffic grew 82 percent between Q1 2018 and Q1 2019.

Key findings

  • Between Q1 2018 and Q1 2019, mobile data traffic grew 82 percent.
  • The high growth rate was mainly influenced by smartphone subscription increases in India, as well as increased data traffic per smartphone in China.
  • The quarter-on-quarter growth for Q1 2019 was 9 percent.

Traffic1 growth is being driven by both the rising number of smartphone subscriptions and an increasing average data volume per subscription, fueled primarily by more viewing of video content. The graph below shows total global monthly data and voice traffic from Q3 2013 to Q1 2019, along with the year-on-year percentage change for mobile data traffic.

In Q1 2019, mobile data traffic grew 82 percent year-on-year. The high growth rate was mainly influenced by the increased number of smartphone subscriptions in India and increased data traffic per smartphone per month in China. The quarter-on-quarter growth for Q1 was 9 percent.

Global mobile data traffic and year-on-year growth (EB per month)

1 Traffic does not include DVB-H, Wi-Fi or Mobile WiMAX. VoIP is included in data traffic