Wireless network data traffic: worldwide trends and forecasts 2021–2026

28 October 2021 | Research

Stefano Porto Bonacci Rupert Wood

Forecast report | PPTX and PDF (26 slides); Excel | Wireless Infrastructure Strategies

"The world is going wireless, but it has not been going mobile for the past 18 months."


Both the COVID-19 pandemic and the launch of 5G in many markets have disrupted mobile traffic volumes. Fixed infrastructure build-outs are picking up pace in emerging markets and this too will affect mobile traffic. This report forecasts the patterns of mobile and Wi-Fi traffic worldwide to 2026.

This report provides:

  • 5-year forecasts of wireless data traffic worldwide, in 8 regions and 39 selected countries 
  • analysis of the key trends in, and drivers and inhibitors of, data traffic worldwide and in each region
  • analysis of the impact of 5G on data traffic
  • analysis of the interplay of cellular and Wi-Fi traffic
  • further analysis of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Geographical coverage

Region Countries
Central and Eastern Europe
  • Poland
  • Russia
  • Turkey
Developed Asia–Pacific
  • Australia
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
Emerging Asia–Pacific
  • Bangladesh
  • China
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Thailand
Latin America
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Mexico
Middle East and North Africa
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • UAE
North America
  • Canada
  • USA
Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Nigeria
  • South Africa
Western Europe
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • UK


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