There are now 2.4 billion mobile broadband users globally in second quarter of this year, according to the latest survey from the Ericsson Mobility Report interim update. This was an increase of 140 million in the period, or an increase of 35% in comparison with the same quarter in 2013.
Total mobile subscriptions reached 6.8 billion in Q2 2014. Of these, 80 million new subscriptions were added during Q2 2014, with around 12 million coming from China, 5 million from Russia and 5 million from India, the three countries to show the fastest growth in the quarter. Many subscribers have multiple subscriptions, so the total global number of subscribers is estimated at 4.6 billion.
The technologies of third generation (WCDMA and HSPA) increased by 70 million hits, while the LTE went out of 40 million last year to 280 million this year. The total compatible with GSM accesses increased by 90 million, while the GSM only increased by 40 million.
The interim report also shows that around 300 million smartphones were sold in Q2 2014. This device represented more than 65 percent of all mobile phones sold in Q2 2014, compared to around 55 percent in Q2 2013. Of all mobile phone subscriptions, around 35 percent are associated with smartphones, leaving considerable room for further uptake.
There are also a strong increase in data traffic with a moderating rate of growth and flat voice traffic development. The number of mobile data subscriptions is increasing rapidly, and driving growth in data traffic along with a continuous increase in the average data volume per subscription. Data traffic grew around 10 percent between Q1 2014 and Q2 2014.
It should be noted that there are large differences in traffic levels between markets, regions and operators.
These measurements have been collected by Ericsson over several years using a large base of commercial networks that together cover all regions of the world. They form a representative base for calculating total traffic in the world’s mobile networks.