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Global smartphone subscriptions to reach 5.6 billion by 2019
Posted: 11-Nov-2013 [Source: Ericsson Mobility]

[The latest Ericsson Mobility Report projects smartphone traffic will grow by 10 times between 2013 and 2019, reaching 10 exabytes.]

Stockholm, Sweden -- * Mobile subscriptions will reach 9.3 billion by 2019, 5.6 billion of which will be for smartphones * 90 percent of the world's population will be covered by WCDMA/HSPA in 2019 and 65 percent will be covered by LTE

* Smartphone subscriptions will triple and smartphone traffic will increase 10 times between 2013 and 2019

The latest Ericsson (ERIC) Mobility Report reveals that mobile subscriptions are expected to reach 9.3 billion by 2019, and more than 60 percent of these - 5.6 billion - will be for smartphones. To support the smartphone user experience, WCDMA/HSPA networks are predicted to cover 90 percent of the world's population by 2019. Moreover, almost two-thirds (65 percent) of the world's population will be covered by 4G/LTE networks.

Currently, smartphones represent 25-30 percent of all mobile phone subscriptions, yet they account for the majority (55 percent) of mobile phones sold in Q3.

Douglas Gilstrap, Senior Vice President and Head of Strategy at Ericsson, says: "The rapid pace of smartphone uptake has been phenomenal and is set to continue. It took more than five years to reach the first billion smartphone subscriptions, but it will take less than two to hit the 2 billion mark(1). Between now and 2019, smartphone subscriptions will triple.

"Interestingly, this trend will be driven by uptake in China and other emerging markets as lower-priced smartphone models become available."

Smartphone traffic will grow by 10 times between 2013 and 2019, reaching 10 exabytes. Video is growing 55 percent annually, and will represent more than 50 percent of the mobile data traffic, while social networking and web services will account for around 10 percent each in 2019.

(1)Estimated growth in total smartphone subscriptions, 2012 to 2014

(2)App coverage measures the network's ability to deliver sufficient performance to run a particular application at an acceptable quality level

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