Ericsson sees surge in video use and smartphone adoption

Mobile data traffic will continue to grow significantly in the coming years, and will mainly be driven by increased video usage, according to the new edition of Ericsson's "Mobility Report." Overall data traffic is expected to grow 12-fold by the end of 2018, accordign to the report. Increasing usage is driven by continual growth in the amount of content available as well as the improved network speeds that come with HSPA and LTE development, the report said. Video makes up the largest segment of data traffic in networks, and it is expected to grow around 60 per cent annually up until the end of 2018. Video consumption is on average 2.6 GB per subscription per month in some networks, Ericsson said. Total smartphone subscriptions reached 1.2 billion at the end of 2012 and are expected to grow to 4.5 billion in 2018. Report (PDF)