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Wireless network data traffic: worldwide trends and forecasts 2015–2020

Rupert Wood Research Director

"It is an oversimplification to describe mobile data traffic growth as explosive or exponential; it is not a force of nature – growth is instead shaped by various constraints and drivers."

Wireless data traffic growth is developing in divergent ways, which reflects the differing strategic investment decisions taken by operators in different regions. This report analyses these trends, and highlights how operators' strategies and regional differences shape present and future traffic levels.

This report provides:

  • 5-year forecasts of wireless data traffic (cellular and Wi-Fi) worldwide, in eight regions and for 30 selected countries
  • 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.