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Smartphone video traffic growing 55% annually

Smartphone video traffic is growing by 55% annually and will represent more than 50% percent of the mobile data traffic in 2019, according to new research by Ericsson. 

The Ericsson Mobility Report predicts that total smartphone traffic will grow by 10 times between 2013 and 2019, reaching 10 exabytes.

It also predicts that social networking and web services will account for around 10% of mobile data traffic in 2019.

“The rapid pace of smartphone uptake has been phenomenal and is set to continue. It took more than five years to reach the first billion smartphone subscriptions, but it will take less than two to hit the 2 billion mark. Between now and 2019, smartphone subscriptions will triple,” said Douglas Gilstrap, senior vice president and head of strategy at Ericsson.

The study predicts that mobile subscriptions are expected to reach 9.3 billion by 2019, with 5.6 billion of these to be for smartphones.

WCDMA/HSPA networks are estimated to cover 90% percent of the world’s population by 2019, with 65% of the world’s population will be covered by 4G/LTE networks.