Ericsson: Mobile broadband will have 1 billion users by the end of this year, almost 4 billion in 2015
According to a report released by Ericsson, 2010 saw more than 500 million mobile broadband users. And this year, they predict that the number will double – we’ll have a billion users of mobile broadband internet by the end of 2011.
400 million of those are expected to be in the Asia-Pacific region. North America and Western Europe will each get about 200 million users.
By 2015, there will be at least 3.8 billion users of mobile broadband, over such technologies as HSPA, LTE and CDMA.
Global mobile data traffic is growing exponentially, as you’d expect, and Ericsson saw it triple between August of 2009 and August of 2010.
The rise in both mobile data traffic and mobile broadband users is obviously closely tied with the incredible rise of smartphones over the past few years, but most of all during the past 18 months. As the smartphone market keeps expanding at an incredible pace, Ericsson’s predictions don’t seem implausible at all.
It’s quite clear that in the future there will be many more smartphones than there are today, consuming more data, and bringing mobile data to more users than ever before.