Telecommunications giant Ericsson, just published its report on mobile telephones called “Ericsson Mobility Report”. This report is on research performed on a global scale. It focuses on the current state of things as well as a projection of mobile evolution within the next 5 years.
The Swedish firm believes in a rapid expansion of 4G networks by 2018. “LTE services will be available to about 60 percent of the world’s population in 2018. We expect LTE subscriptions to exceed 1 billion in 2017, driven by more capable devices and demand for data-intensive services such as video. Owing to the build out of WCDMA/HSPA, network speeds have improved, and so has the user experience,” says Douglas GILSTRAP, the firm’s Senior Vice President and Head of Strategy.
Key points concerning Africa within the report:
- According to Ericsson, during the first 2013 trimester, the mobile penetration rate was of 71% in Africa. This rate will continue to grow quickly during the next 5 years.
- 40-50% of the subscriptions in the South-East Asia, Middle-East and Africa will be smartphones by 2018, while in Western Europe and North America all devices will be smartphones.
- The Middle East and Africa region have the biggest market shares of GSM/ EDGE because of the high demand for low-cost phones.
The rising global trends:
- Video traffic will increase by 60% per year. Thanks to connection speeds, video represents a major chunk of data traffic on networks.
- World subscriptions have 1,2 billion in 2012 and should reach 4,5 billion by the end of 2018.
- 60% of the world population should have access to 4G/LTE by 2018.
- Smartphone users spend on average 85 minutes per day on social networks.
- Between the first trimester in 2012 and the first trimester in 2013, the amount of data traffic doubled and should increase by 12 times by 2018.
Things are moving!