The mobile data traffic has increased globally with 67 percent from the second quarter of 2016 to the second quarter of 2017. The main reason for this is the free data in India, according to the Ericsson Mobility Report. The increase is also a result of the overall growth of smartphone subscriptions and higher average data volumes per subscription.

56 percent with smartphones

About 56 percent of all mobile phone subscriptions around the world use smartphones today. Ericsson estimates that around 80 percent of the 370 million phones, that were sold in Q2 2017, were smartphones. Totally there are approximately 5.3 billion mobile subscriptions in the world. Around 2.4 billion of these use 4G (LTE).

92 million new subscriptions

China is still the fastest growing mobile market. Adding around 19 million subscriptions in a quarter. India is close with 17 million subscriptions, Indonesia and the Philippines with 7 million each and Ghana with 4 million. Totally 92 million new subscriptions worldwide in the second quarter of 2017.

Streaming of video uses most mobile data

The reason we use more and more mobile data is that we see more contents of video, writes Ericsson. They also point out that data consumption varies greatly from market, regions and mobile operators.

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