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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 2017 2018 Forecast 2024 CAGR** 2018-2024 Unit
Worldwide mobile subscriptions 7,720 7,980 8,920 2% million
> Smartphone subscriptions 4,350 5,010 7,210 6% million
> Mobile PC, tablet and mobile router subscriptions 250 260 330 4% million
> Mobile broadband subscriptions 5,250 5,930 8,420 6% million
> Mobile subscriptions, GSM/EDGE-only 2,410 2,000 470 -21% million
> Mobile subscriptions, WCDMA/HSPA 2,330 2,270 1,480 -7% million
> Mobile subscriptions, LTE 2,750 3,580 5,440 7% million
> Mobile subscriptions, 5G     1,500   million
Mobile data traffic* 2017 2018 Forecast 2024 CAGR** 2018-2024 Unit
> Data traffic per smartphone 3.4 5.6 21 24% GB/month
> Data traffic per mobile PC 9.8 12 30 17% GB/month
> Data traffic per tablet 4.6 5.8 14 16% GB/month
Total data traffic*** 2017 2018 Forecast 2024 CAGR** 2018-2024 Unit
Total mobile data traffic 15 27 136 31% EB/month
> Smartphones 13 24 128 32% EB/month
> Mobile PCs and routers 1.7 2.1 5.2 17% EB/month
> Tablets 0.5 0.7 2.0 20% EB/month
Total fixed data traffic 80 100 280 18% EB/month
           
Fixed broadband connections 930 990 1,120 2% million

Regional key figures

Mobile subscriptions 2017 2018 Forecast 2024 CAGR** 2018-2024 Unit
North America 390 400 460 2% million
Latin America 690 700 740 1% million
Western Europe 510 520 540 1% million
Central and Eastern Europe 580 580 590 0% million
North East Asia 1,800 1,960 2,060 1% million
> China1 1,420 1,550 1,630 1% million
South East Asia and Oceania 1,120 1,160 1,290 2% million
India 1,200 1,200 1,420 3% million
Middle East and Africa 1,410 1,450 1,810 4% million
> Sub-Saharan Africa2 680 710 940 5% million
Smartphone subscriptions 2017 2018 Forecast 2024 CAGR** 2018-2024 Unit
North America 320 330 390 3% million
Latin America 480 510 610 3% million
Western Europe 380 390 480 4% million
Central and Eastern Europe 310 340 540 8% million
North East Asia 1,310 1,550 1,900 3% million
> China1 990 1,280 1,540 3% million
South East Asia and Oceania 600 680 1,030 7% million
India 420 560 1,000 10% million
Middle East and Africa 560 640 1,260 12% million
> Sub-Saharan Africa2 280 340 690 13% million
Mobile broadband subscriptions 2017 2018 Forecast 2024 CAGR** 2018-2024 Unit
North America 380 390 460 3% million
Latin America 510 570 690 3% million
Western Europe 460 480 540 2% million
Central and Eastern Europe 400 450 590 5% million
North East Asia 1,610 1,820 2,050 2% million
> China1 1,270 1,460 1,630 2% million
South East Asia and Oceania 740 860 1,290 7% million
India 440 510 1,180 15% million
Middle East and Africa 700 850 1,630 11% million
> Sub-Saharan Africa2 340 410 820 12% million
LTE subscriptions 2017 2018 Forecast 2024 CAGR** 2018-2024 Unit
North America 300 350 190 -9% million
Latin America 210 290 550 11% million
Western Europe 240 290 370 4% million
Central and Eastern Europe 140 190 510 17% million
North East Asia 1,290 1,600 1,090 -6% million
> China1 1,030 1,320 880 -6% million
South East Asia and Oceania 200 300 820 18% million
India 250 350 1,150 22% million
Middle East and Africa 130 200 770 25% million
> Sub-Saharan Africa2 30 50 310 34% million
Data traffic per smartphone* 2017 2018 Forecast 2024 CAGR** 2018-2024 Unit
North America 6.6 8.6 50 34% GB/month
Latin America 2.4 3.4 18 32% GB/month
Western Europe 4.0 6.1 32 32% GB/month
Central and Eastern Europe 3.6 4.7 19 26% GB/month
North East Asia 3.0 7.3 21 19% GB/month
> China1 2.7 7.2 19 18% GB/month
South East Asia and Oceania 2.7 3.8 19 31% GB/month
India 5.4 6.8 15 14% GB/month
Middle East and Africa 2.0 2.9 15 32% GB/month
> Sub-Saharan Africa2 1.4 1.8 9.0 31% GB/month
Total mobile data traffic 2017 2018 Forecast 2024 CAGR** 2018-2024 Unit
North America 2.5 3.2 19 35% GB/month
Latin America 1.0 1.6 9.5 35% GB/month
Western Europe 1.8 2.6 14 33% GB/month
Central and Eastern Europe 1.1 1.5 9.2 35% GB/month
North East Asia 4.2 11 39 23% GB/month
> China1 2.7 8.6 29 22% GB/month
South East Asia and Oceania 1.4 2.2 16 39% GB/month
India 1.8 3.0 12 26% GB/month
Middle East and Africa 1.1 1.8 17 45% GB/month
> Sub-Saharan Africa2 0.36 0.54 5.2 46% GB/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 are also included in the figures for Middle East and Africa