Accelerated LTE data adoption means data growth of over 200% in 2013

Accelerated LTE data adoption means data growth of over 200% in 2013
In 2012, total mobile data traffic came to a total of 13,412 petabytes. A petabyte is 1 million gigabytes, or 1,000 terabytes. Since so much of what we do in the mobile space involves gigabytes, the mobile data traffic in 2012 amounted to 14,063,501,312 GB.

That was an increase of about 69% over 2011. For 2013 however, the pedal is to the metal and ABI Research figures the data usage is going to explode.

Global data traffic will see a growth rate of 207% in 2013 thanks to 4G LTE network rollouts. The faster speeds that LTE provide fosters more app downloading, content streaming and overall data usage, so the amount of data will increase exponentially. This is sure to create an upward trend for a while since some major markets have only begun to rollout LTE service, like India and China.

sources : ABI Research via BGR

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7 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

14 billion GB. Wow. I can't wait to see how many GB I'll use once T-Mo lights up Chicago with LTE. If I'm using 10-12GB on HSPA, maybe 16-18 on LTE?

2. EspHack

Posts: 70; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

seems like nothing to me, lets ban the carriers from selling data caps and we will have zettabytes of data

3. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

Good thing I'm still on unlimited data, just had to be a little more patient with 3G data in most places with Sprint. 800k-1Mb on 3G works well enough, I guess I just can't download a Blu-ray movie in 1/16 second without LTE

4. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Once everyone and their grandmother has LTE phones I wonder how all that bandwidth will be handled. I mean, the government is giving free feature phones the poor, but when they also will get LTE you might even see homeless parking their butt next to a public plug outlet downloading apps and watching Youtube lol!

5. PointMaza

Posts: 60; Member since: Dec 14, 2012

Killo Byte (KB),Mega Byte (MB),Giga Byte (GB),Tera Byte (TB),Peta Byte (PB)??? WTF? What more coming? Maybe next one will be FB Facebook Byte or Face Byte lol

6. jcpwn2004

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 18, 2012

i really doubt it, carriers are getting greedier about their data.

7. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

haha 69%

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