Wireless network data traffic: worldwide trends and forecasts 2022–2028

05 June 2023 | Research

Simon Sherrington | Rupert Wood

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

"Mobile data growth is slowing, but we still expect the volume of cellular data traffic worldwide to almost triple over the next 5 years; helped by very high usage of FWA services."


The launch of 5G networks was expected to lead to a surge in cellular data traffic. This report looks at what is actually happening in mobile networks now that 5G has been around for a few years, and considers the interplay between Wi-Fi and cellular network usage by customers. It forecasts the patterns of mobile and Wi-Fi traffic worldwide to 2028.

This report provides:

  • 5-year forecasts of wireless data traffic worldwide, in 8 regions and 21 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
  • analysis of the traffic growth from handsets versus FWA connections.

Geographical coverage

Region Countries
Central and Eastern Europe
  • Poland
  • Turkey
Developed Asia–Pacific
  • Australia
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
Emerging Asia–Pacific
  • China
  • India
  • Indonesia
Latin America
  • Brazil
Middle East and North Africa
  • Saudi Arabia
North America
  • Canada
  • USA
Sub-Saharan Africa
  • South Africa
Western Europe
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • UK

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Simon Sherrington

Research Director

Rupert Wood

Research Director