Mobile data traffic levels soar

technic, funk, man at short-wave receiver, 1961, 1960s, 60s, 20th century, historic, historical, radio operator, radio operatorsA report from Gartner estimates that mobile data traffic worldwide will hit 52 million terabytes (TB) this year and it’s only set to grow more.

The rise this year will be 59 percent more than 2014, and analysts estimate that by 2018 traffic level will hit 173 million TB.

Jessica Ekholm, a research director at Gartner should set alarm bells ringing in the ear of communication services providers, which need to re-think their data caps.

She said: “Mobile data traffic is soaring worldwide, more than tripling by 2018. New, fast mobile data connections (3G and 4G) will grow more slowly, from 3.8 billion in 2015 to 5.1 billion in 2018, as users switch from slower 2G connections and consume more mobile data.”

She said that Gartner had surveyed 1,000 smartphone users in Germany and another 1,000 in the USA. German people are less likely to watch videos compared to cellular networks because of the data caps.

And the German people mostly waited to download apps or look at content when they were in a wi-fi zone. Just over a third of Americans do that, largely because the US data plans were more flexible.

Families with children are mostly responsible for mobile video usage, helped by providers offering shared data plans the reason.