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Ericsson predicts 5 billion mobile data users by 2016

0. phoneArena 08 Nov 2011, 22:16 posted on

A study by Ericsson is not only predicting 5 billion mobile data users by 2016, but we may also see a 10-fold increase in mobile data traffic in the next 5 years because of an increase of video streaming...

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posted on 08 Nov 2011, 22:19 1

1. drahmad (Posts: 478; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


absolutely impossible. 5 out of 7 billion . that number can be achived if 1 yar kids also subscribe.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 22:38 1

3. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2614; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Sorry, edited that. Should have read "almost 5 billion subscriptions" not subscribers. There are plenty of people with multiple subscriptions.

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 07:05

7. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


and dont forget that Android is penetrating the 3rd world segments pretty hard with WP7 concentrating on them with their next update. It wont be too much longer until some basic smartphones are about the same price as dumbphones for full retail. The Comet is only $120 as it stands now

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 22:27

2. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


Can 5 Billion people afford data usage on phones?

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 22:38

4. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2614; Member since: 26 May 2011)


It doesn't necessarily mean heavy data usage on smartphones. It could just be basic Internet on feature phones.

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 09:15

8. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


or it could be people hooking up to WiFi

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 22:47

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posted on 08 Nov 2011, 22:53

6. denney (Posts: 98; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


The thing to understand is that data is just another fading commodity. Essentially, at one point or another, smartphones, tablets, and subscription based gaming devices will be the 90s NBA jerseys you see on underclass african children today. Just because they are subscribers, doesn't mean they have the best of anything, it just means they have in 2016 what we had in 2006.

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 11:43 1

9. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


I just think the kids in Africa would rather have food then look up sport scores on their feature phones.

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