Ericsson: 70% of world's population using smartphones by 2020

By 2020 around 70 per cent of the world's population will be using smartphones, according to the latest edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report. The number of subscriptions is expected to double to 6.1 billion by that point, while mobile broadband networks will cover 90 per cent of the global population. Almost 80 per cent of these new subscriptions will come from Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa. Smartphone data is also predicted to increase 10-fold by 2020, when 80 per cent of all mobile data traffic will come from smartphones. North America and Europe will continue to have the highest data usage per smartphone. Average monthly data usage per smartphone in North America will increase from 2.4 GB today to 14 GB by 2020, the report said. Report