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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 subscriptions 2016 2017 2023 forecast CAGR** 2017-2023 Unit
Worldwide mobile subscriptions 7,510 7,790 9,120 3% million
> Smartphone subscriptions 3,840 4,410 7,270 9% million
> Mobile PC, tablet and mobile
router subscriptions
240 260 330 4% million
> Mobile broadband subscriptions 4,410 5,160 8,450 9% million
> Mobile subscriptions, GSM/EDGE-only 3,010 2,560 640 -21% million
> Mobile subscriptions, WCDMA/HSPA 2,260 2,380 1,970 -3% million
> Mobile subscriptions, LTE 1,900 2,620 5,470 13% million
> Mobile subscriptions, 5G     1,000   million
Mobile data traffic* 2016 2017 2023 forecast CAGR** 2017-2023 Unit
> Data traffic per smartphone 2.1 2.9 17 34% GB/month
> Data traffic per mobile PC 7.7 9.8 27 18% GB/month
> Data traffic per tablet 3.6 4.6 12 18% GB/month
Total data traffic*** 2016 2017 2023 forecast CAGR** 2017-2023 Unit
Total mobile data traffic 8.8 14 110 42% EB/month
> Smartphones 7.2 11 100 44% EB/month
> Mobile PCs and routers 1.3 1.6 4.5 19% EB/month
> Tablets 0.32 0.47 1.8 25% EB/month
Total fixed data traffic 70 80 250 20% EB/month

Regional key figures

Mobile subscriptions 2016 2017 2023 forecast CAGR** 2017-2023 Unit
North America 380 390 460 3% million
Latin America 690 700 780 2% million
Western Europe 520 520 560 1% million
Central and Eastern Europe  580 610 640 1% million
North East Asia 1,720 1,780 2,090 3% million
> China1 1,320 1,380 1,600 3% million
South East Asia and Oceania 1,070 1,110 1,290 3% million
India, Nepal and Bhutan 1,160 1,240 1,500 3% million
Middle East and Africa2 1,390 1,440 1,800 4% million
> Sub-Saharan Africa3 660 700 990 6% million
Smartphone subscriptions 2016 2017 2023 forecast CAGR** 2017-2023 Unit
North America 290 310 390 4% million
Latin America 410 460 610 5% million
Western Europe 380 400 480 3% million
Central and Eastern Europe 240 270 490 10% million
North East Asia 1,310 1,430 1,940 5% million
> China1 1,050 1,150 1,560 5% million
South East Asia and Oceania 470 560 1,050 11% million
India, Nepal and Bhutan 270 380 970 17% million
Middle East and Africa2 470 600 1,340 14% million
> Sub-Saharan Africa3 260 340 850 17% million
Data traffic per smartphone* 2016 2017 2023 forecast CAGR** 2017-2023 Unit
North America  5.2 7.1 48 37% GB/month
Latin America 1.7 2.4 16 36% GB/month
Western Europe 2.8 4.1 28 38% GB/month
Central and Eastern Europe 2.7 3.8 19 31% GB/month
North East Asia 1.2 1.9 12 35% GB/month
> China1 0.84 1.5 9.5 36% GB/month
South East Asia and Oceania 1.8 2.7 15 34% GB/month
India, Nepal and Bhutan 4.1 3.9 18 30% GB/month
Middle East and Africa 1.3 2.0 11 34% GB/month
> Sub-Saharan Africa3 1.0 1.4 7.0 31% GB/month
Total mobile data traffic 2016 2017 2023 forecast CAGR** 2017-2023 Unit
North America 1.8 2.6 18 39% EB/month
Latin America 0.7 1.1 8.9 42% EB/month
Western Europe 1.2 1.8 12 37% EB/month
Central and Eastern Europe  0.76 1.2 9.3 41% EB/month
North East Asia 1.9 3.2 21 37% EB/month
> China1 1.0 1.8 15 41% EB/month
South East Asia and Oceania 0.79 1.3 12 45% EB/month
India, Nepal and Bhutan 1.0 1.3 14 48% EB/month
Middle East and Africa 0.71 1.3 14 48% EB/month
> Sub-Saharan Africa3 0.25 0.41 4.6 50% EB/month

* Active devices

** CAGR is calculated on unrounded figures

*** Figures are rounded (see methodology) and therefore summing up of rounded data may result in slight differences from the actual total

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

2 These figures exclude Pakistan

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