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Wireless network data traffic: worldwide trends and forecasts 2017–2022

Stephen Wilson Principal Analyst, Research

"Cellular traffic growth increased worldwide in 2017, driven in particular by strong growth in China and India."

Global annual cellular traffic growth totalled 98% in 2017, an increase over that from 2016. This report analyses the extent to which such growth will continue and will be impacted by the growing prevalence of plans including unlimited and zero-rated data, as well as the roll-out of 5G.

This report provides:

  • 5-year forecasts of wireless data traffic worldwide, in 8 regions and for 33 selected countries and the Nordic region
  • analysis of the key trends in, and drivers and inhibitors of, data traffic
  • discussion of the impact of cost and pricing on data traffic
  • analysis of the trends in private and public usage, and their effect on the use of mobile and Wi-Fi connectivity.