Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Global 4G coverage to reach 50 per cent by 2017

Global 3G coverage will reach 85 per cent of the world's population by 2017, according to a report from Ericsson.
The 'Traffic and Market Report - On the Pulse of the Networked Society' predicted that 4G coverage will reach 50 per cent of the world's population by 2017. The number of mobile subscribers is expected to reach almost nine billion by then, versus six billion at the end of 2011, it added.
In the first quarter of the current year, some 170 million new subscribers were added, to take the total to 6.2 billion. The report also looked at the growth in mobile broadband services, estimating that the number of smartphone users will reach three billion by 2017, versus just 700 million at end-2011.
After doubling already in the past year, global mobile data traffic is expected to grow 15 times by the end of 2017. The number of mobile broadband subscribers will grow five-fold over the same period, to five billion in 2017.
The data in the report also revealed variations between countries and regions.
In the case of mobile net additions, China added the most subscriptions for a single country in the first quarter of 2012 with 39 million, followed by India with 25 million. The Asia Pacific region added in total 93 million subscriptions, followed by Africa with 30 million, according to the report.

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