Ericsson Report: Mobile Internet Traffic Grows 33% From 2022

September 1, 2023

Written by Caio Castro
Smartphone connected to the Wi-Fi network

Global mobile network traffic grew 33% between the second quarter of 2022 and the second quarter of 2023. According to an update to its Mobility Report, Ericsson found that traffic reached 134 EB monthly – 1 EB equals 1 billion gigabytes.

The figure also means an increase of 6% in data usage between the first and second quarters of 2023.

“Forecast traffic growth is driven by the continued strong uptake of smartphone subscriptions and an increasing average data volume per subscription, fueled by data-intensive services such as video,” the report reads.

India’s Takeoff

Mobile subscriptions rose by 40 million in the second quarter of this year, with India accounting for the most net additions. Overall, there are 8.3 billion mobile subscriptions worldwide – 5G subscriptions grew by 175 million during the same span, lifting the total to close to 1.3 billion.

According to Ericsson, around 260 operators have deployed 5G services, while 35 service providers have launched 5G standalone networks. 4G subscriptions also increased, reaching 5.2 billion.

In the opposite direction, GSM/EDGE-only subscriptions dropped by 59 million, and WCDMA/HSPA subscriptions declined by 85 million.

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