Ericsson’s recent Mobility Report shows that, although mobile phones remain the largest category of connected devices, the Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to surpass it by 2018.
The number of IoT connected devices is projected to grow 23% annually between 2015 and 2021, of which cellular IoT is predicted to have the highest growth rate. Of the 28 billion total devices that will be connected by 2021, nearly 16 billion will be IoT devices.
Rima Qureshi, Senior Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer of Ericsson, comments, “IoT is now accelerating as device costs fall and innovative applications emerge. From 2020, commercial deployment of 5G networks will provide additional capabilities that are critical for IoT, such as network slicing and the capacity to connect exponentially more devices than is possible today.”
The Mobility Report also highlights the following:
- Between 2015 and 2021 mobile broadband subscriptions will quadruple in the Middle East and Africa; mobile data traffic in India will grow fifteen times by 2021; and this year alone US mobile traffic will grow by 50%.
- Data traffic will continue to grow constantly because of increasing smartphone subscriptions and data usage. About 90% of data of mobile traffic will be from smartphones by the end of 2021.
- Cellular data and smartphone video use by teenagers escalated by 127% in a 15 month period.
- The demand for enhanced user experience and faster networks has resulted in 1.2 billion new LTE subscriptions globally.
- 5G is anticipated to be deployed earlier than originally planned and global spectrum harmonization is necessary for countries preparing early rollouts.
- The report also explores how microwave backhaul links can be used as accurate, high resolution rainfall measurement tools.
The Ericsson Mobility report is an in-depth analysis of IoT and smartphone trends, and provides insights about mobile network data traffic to both consumers and enterprises. The full report is available here: https://www.ericsson.com/res/docs/2016/ericsson-mobility-report-2016.pdf