Mobile data use triples in the last year

A study undertaken by Ericsson claims that by the second quarter of the year global data traffic will have reached nearly 225,000 terabytes per month. Only around 10 per cent of mobile owners have a data plan, but the volume of traffic from such services has already exceeded that of voice since the end of 2009.

"The growth and benefits of mobile broadband are undeniable," said president and CTO of Ericsson Silicon Valley, Hakan Eriksson.

The CTO predicted that mobile data traffic could continue to double annually through 2020, suggesting there would be 1,000 times more mobile data traffic in 10 years than there is today. However, he acknowledged that operators remained reticent to fully commit to mobile broadband infrastructure because operators still generated much higher margins from voice traffic than data. Article