Data surpasses voice on mobiles

Data traffic surpassed voice traffic on mobile phone networks across the world in December 2009 due to rising demand for mobile broadband and social networking, according to Ericsson.

Global voice and data traffic reached a combined total of 140,000 terabytes a month in December 2009, according to Hans Vestburg, Ericsson CEO and president. “This is a significant milestone, with some 400 million mobile broadband subscriptions now generating more data traffic than the voice traffic from the total 4.6 billion mobile subscriptions around the world,” he said.

Ericsson also said mobile data traffic volumes grew 280 per cent during each of the last two years and further predicted that mobile data traffic will double each year for the next five years.

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