Recently Cisco released their updated Visual Networking Index (VNI) survey, which includes data on the volume of mobile traffic. The Cisco VNI survey uses analyst projections, Cisco forecasts, and direct data collection. This year’s forecast predicts that an even larger number of mobile phone subscribers will use more data than in previous years.
The United States held its position as the leader in mobile traffic and is projected to remain in that position until at least 2018. Currently the United States accounts for 24 percent of global mobile traffic. By 2018 that number is expected to decline to 17 percent. In 2018, the United States, China, India, Japan, and Korea are estimated to use the largest volumes of mobile data. By 2018 those five countries are predicted to use about half of all mobile traffic. The United States ranks near the bottom of the 25 countries for which data is available with a CAGR of 0.5. The five countries with the fastest growth rates are India (0.88), Russia (0.79), Mexico (0.73), China (0.73), and Indonesia (0.73).