Mobile Traffic Will Grow 300% By 2017
Posted: July 3, 2013 by Alex Chan
According to an analysis made by Strategy Analytics, the use of smartphones will increase mobile data upwards of 300% by the year 2017. In 2012, the wireless data transfer reached 5 Exabytes (1 EB = 1 billion GB), but that number will rise to an amazing 21 Exabytes by 2017.
Smartphones are gradually replacing laptops and PCs. Most online activity today is made through smartphones. According to experts at strategy Analytics, smartphones traffic doubles each year.
By 2017, Internet browsing is expected to be the most common use of mobile data. Even though mobile websites are not popular yet, mobile browsing has a tremendous role in the overall usage of smartphones. A combination of video streaming (42% rise), and mobile browsing (30% rise) will become the future of the Internet.
In 2012, it was all about applications. Apps are currently the driving force of mobile traffic. However, when it comes to actual data consumption, videos and web browsing are what actually consume bytes. This main reason is why Strategy Analytics placed applications together gaming in their study. While apps and gaming are expected to rise, it won't be as significant as video streaming or web browsing.