By 2020, the number of mobile phone owners will top those with electricity

By 2020, the number of mobile phone owners will top those with electricity
According to Cisco's annual report on mobile traffic, by 2020 the number of people sporting a mobile phone will top the number with electricity or running water. Cisco expects 5.4 billion mobile phone owners in four years, compared to the 5.3 billion that will have electricity. 3.5 billion will have running water and there will be 2.8 billion automobiles tooling down the highway.

Cisco expects 366.8 exabytes of data to be employed in 2020. That amount of data will cover the posting of 81 trillion Instagram photos or 7 trillion YouTube videos, and is ten times the amount of data that was consumed in 2015. Phones will be responsible for 81% of mobile data usage in 2020, and 5G service is expected to have its commercial launch during that year. Perhaps then, it isn't much of a surprise to see Cisco predicting that 75% of data use in 2020 will be for streaming video.

Cisco also sees the number of mobile-ready devices rising to 11.6 billion in 2020, up from the 7.9 billion devices in operation last year. The good news is that average network data speed will triple to 6.5Mbps. Since U.S. carriers already average 9.9Mbps, it will be developing countries that are more likely to see a huge increase. For example, the Middle East and Africa should see a 1500% increase in data speed by 2020.

via CNET

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21 Comments

1. TyrionLannister unregistered

How can one run a smartphone without electricity! SMH

3. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

#solarcharger

5. TyrionLannister unregistered

Solar charger means they have access to solar generated power, which means they have electricity access. After all, solar generated electricity is electricity.

6. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

by 2030 the number of Mobile Phone users will surpass the total population on earth.....

7. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

eventually they'll have to start selling them to dogs, cats, and monkeys.

9. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

No fam, I actually have a solar charger for when I go into the wilderness, it can only charge phones and tablets.

10. TyrionLannister unregistered

That's electricity. You're filling electric charge in your phone, not sunlight. And with right adapters and a little tuning, you can charge/run anything given the power. Bottom line: solar charger outputselectric power, which implies you have electric access, however limited that is.

12. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Am not sure on what planet you live in, but no you couldn't possibly run an appliance on my solar panel, it's rated at 20 Watts that's nothing, no tweaking can be done to make it run anything besides a phone or tablet, and even then it's ridiculously slow, and you moron i guess it never occurred to you that someone could NOT have electricity, yet call his mate to charge his phone for him.

16. TyrionLannister unregistered

Real mature of you, calling me moron . BTW 20 W is considered having electricity. It's electrical energy dumbass; doesn't matter how much power. Sure you won't be able to power a microwave, but that doesn't matter. You have electricity, period.

18. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Okay please by all means, show me a TV that can run on 20 Watts, or even a laptop that can be charged, and you retard, this is based on census that are registered with the city, i.e. a household may have a solar charger like mine, but still not have a bill for electricity, how can you be so dense to not realise this? Ah, dumbass, American it seems, says it all.

19. TyrionLannister unregistered

I already said you can't run all appliances. But you can run a CFL or LED bulb, or a small fan. It counts as having electricity. Electricity is defined as having electrons flow as per your wish. Even if it was 1W, it still counts as electricity(useless or useful). BTW, I'm not American.

20. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

This is based on census (obviously), what you are defining is electric current or electric flow, if this said bloke goes to charge his mobile at his mate's house on a census he can say he doesn't have electricity (or what are you going to say he can charge his phone out of his skin since we have electrons flow through our skin? Lol)

21. TyrionLannister unregistered

You know what, let's just agree to disagree.

11. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Access to electricity, e.g., a village charging station, is not the same as having electricity, i.e., power in one's home.

13. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Exactly, he's having a first world problem, ignorance sure is bliss.

17. TyrionLannister unregistered

Who are you to define that.

8. tedkord

Posts: 17307; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

They will run on belief, just like planes.

2. combatmedic870

Posts: 984; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Maybe solar panels. I was thinking the same thing as well.

4. DirtyDan23

Posts: 280; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Nifty

14. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

mobile phone owners? how did they know if a single people have 1 or 2 or more smartphone? (I use 2 right now, and have 5 unused old smartphone just sitting inside drawer, or more than 10 combined with non smartphone).. oh.. and by 2020 only 5.3 bill people will have electricity? how much people have electricity right now? o.O

15. theo14461 unregistered

No, you dummies! This article means that there will be more people in this world owning phones, than people having running water, and/or electricity. You retards!

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