Mobile Traffic Growing by Leaps and Bounds



It’s always nice to come across a good, meaty bit of research on mobile traffic trends. We can thank Akamai for producing a comprehensive quarterly report for Q4 2014 on  global broadband and mobile demand. (Check the link at the end of the article to download the full 68-page report.)

On the mobile traffic side, we were heartened to see that overall, mobile traffic jumped by 54% in the last year. The numbers were based on data from Ericsson, spanning 180 countries and a customer base representing more than 1,000 networks. Voice hadn’t shown any significant changes, which means mobile data accounted for the lion’s share of the growth.

Some highlights of note on connection speeds (based on 132 countries/regions) include:

  • Global average Internet speed grew 20% year-over-year to 4.5 Mbps
  • The lowest increase was Morocco at 0.3% (to 2.4 Mbps); the highest was 146% in Congo (to 1.3 Mbps)
  • 8 of 10 countries or regions saw double-digit percentage growth year over year

So what’s the deal for you? Has your mobile data usage increased in the past year?

By the CEL-FI Team


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