Wireless & Mobile Landscape

Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast, 2015 – 2020: And Still Growing

Due to both the increasing number of mobile connections in the world and the subscribers’ desire to stay constantly connected through their mobile device, the amount of data flowing over the world’s mobile network is increasing exponentially. iGR estimates that in 2015, approximately 2.5 million terabytes of mobile data traffic flowed over the world’s cellular data networks per month, and by 2020, iGR forecasts mobile data traffic will rise to 39 million terabytes per month.

This report forecasts the mobile data traffic from 2015 to 2020 at the global level, as well as for the following regions: North America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Japan.

For each region, iGR forecasts the number of connections, the amount of data usage per type of connection per month and the total amount of mobile data traffic per month.


Key Questions Answered

  • What are the drivers of mobile data traffic?
  • What are some of the limiting factors on the amount of mobile data traffic?
  • What is mobile data usage today in all regions of the world and at what rate is mobile data usage expected to grow over the forecast period?
  • For each region, how much mobile data traffic is used by an average mobile connection?
  • For each region, how much mobile data traffic is used by each quartile?

Who Should Read

  • Mobile operators
  • Device OEMs
  • Mobile infrastructure and equipment OEMs
  • Content providers and distributors
  • Financial analysts and investors.

Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Executive Summary
  • Methodology
  • Introduction
    • Developed Markets
    • Developing Markets
  • Factors Influencing Mobile Data Demand
    • Population and Connections
    • Networks
    • Devices
    • Price
    • Content
    • Internet of Things
  • Mobile Data Forecast Methodology
    • Connections, not Subscribers
    • Quartiles
  • World Mobile Data Usage
  • North America
    • AT&T
    • T-Mobile US
    • Verizon Wireless
    • Rogers Communications
    • Telus Mobility
  • Latin America and Caribbean
    • Telefonica
    • America Movil
  • Europe
    • Orange
    • Vodafone
    • Telefonica
    • Vimpelcom
    • Telenor
  • Middle East and Africa
    • Etisalat
    • Ooredoo
    • Turkcell Group
  • Asia-Pacific
    • Vodafone
    • SingTel
    • China Mobile
    • China Unicom
    • China Telecom
    • Axiata Group
    • Vimpelcom
    • Reliance
    • Idea Cellular
  • Japan
    • NTT DoCoMo
    • SoftBank
    • KDDI
  • Definitions
    • General
    • Device Types
    • Network Technology
    • Regions
  • About iGR
    • Disclaimer

List of Tables

  • Table 1: Worldwide Connections, Population, and Penetration, 2015-2020
  • Table 2: Worldwide Connections by Technology Generation, 2015-2020(000)
  • Table 3: Total global mobile data traffic (TB) per month by region, 2015-2020
  • Table 4: Total global mobile data traffic by region, 2015-2020 (percent)
  • Table 5: Total global mobile data traffic by quartile, 2015-2020 (percent)
  • Table 6: Average Mobile Data Consumption per Region (MB/month), 2015-2020
  • Table 7: North America Connections, Population, and Penetration, 2015-2020 (000s)
  • Table 8: Connections per Quartile in North America, 2015-2020 (000s)
  • Table 9: Per-Connection Mobile Data Use (MB/month) in North America, 2015-2020
  • Table 10: Total Mobile Data Traffic (TB/month) in North America, 2015-2020
  • Table 11: Percentage of Mobile Data Traffic by Quartile in North America, 2015-2020
  • Table 12: Latin America Connections, Population, and Penetration, 2015-2020
  • Table 13: Connection per Quartile in Latin America (000s), 2015-2020
  • Table 14: Per-Connection Mobile Data Use (MB/month) in Latin America, 2015-2020
  • Table 15: Total Mobile Data Traffic (TB/month) in Latin America, 2015-2020
  • Table 16: Percentage of Mobile Data Traffic by Quartile in Latin America, 2015-2020
  • Table 17: Per Quarter Mobile Data Traffic, Telefonica 2014-2015
  • Table 18: Europe Connections, Population, and Penetration, 2015-2020
  • Table 19: Connection per Quartile in Europe, 2015-2020
  • Table 20: Per-Connection Mobile Data Use (MB/month) in Europe, 2015-2020
  • Table 21: Total Mobile Data Traffic (TB/month) in Europe, 2015-2020
  • Table 22: Percentage of Mobile Data Traffic by Quartile in Europe, 2015-2020
  • Table 23: Orange’s 4G subscribers, Third Quarter 2015
  • Table 24: Vodafone Germany, Usage Statistics
  • Table 25: Vodafone Italy, Usage Statistics
  • Table 26: Vodafone Spain, Usage Statistics
  • Table 27: Vodafone UK, Usage Statistics
  • Table 28: Vimpelcom Russia
  • Table 29: Vimpelcom Algeria
  • Table 30: Vimpelcom Pakistan
  • Table 31: Vimpelcom Bangladesh
  • Table 32: Vimpelcom Kazakhstan
  • Table 33: Vimpelcom Italy
  • Table 34: Middle East and Africa Connections, Population, and Penetration, 2015-2020
  • Table 35: Connection per Quartile in MEA, 2015-2020
  • Table 36: Per-Connection Mobile Data Use (MB/month) in MEA, 2015-2020
  • Table 37: Total Mobile Data Traffic (TB/month) in MEA, 2015-2020
  • Table 38: Percentage of Mobile Data Traffic by Quartile in MEA, 2015-2020
  • Table 39: Asia-Pacific Connections, Population, and Penetration, 2015-2020
  • Table 40: Connections per Quartile in Asia-Pacific, 2015-2020
  • Table 41: Per-Connection Mobile Data Use (MB/month) in Asia-Pacific, 2015-2020
  • Table 42: Total Mobile Data Traffic (TB/month) in Asia-Pacific, 2015-2020
  • Table 43: Percentage of Mobile Data Traffic by Quartile in Asia-Pacific, 2015-2020
  • Table 44: China Mobile Network Stats
  • Table 45: Vimpelcom India
  • Table 46: Growth in Data Volume
  • Table 47: Growth in Data Adoption
  • Table 48: Growth in Cell Sites
  • Table 49: Japan Connections, Population, and Penetration, 2015-2020
  • Table 50: Japan Connections by Quartile, 2015-2020(000)
  • Table 51: Per-Connection Mobile Data Use (MB/month) in Japan, 2015-2020
  • Table 52: Total Mobile Data Traffic (TB/month) in Japan, 2015-2020
  • Table 53: Percentage of Mobile Data Traffic by Quartile in Japan, 2015-2020

List of Charts

  • Figure A: Global Connections by Region, 2015-2020
  • Figure B: Total global mobile data traffic by region, 2015-2020 (percent)
  • Figure 1: Worldwide Connections and Population, 2015-2020(000)
  • Figure 2: Worldwide Connections by Technology Generation, 2015-2020(000)
  • Figure 3: Total global mobile data traffic (TB) per month by region, 2015-2020
  • Figure 4: Total global mobile data traffic by region, 2015-2020 (percent)
  • Figure 5: Total global mobile data traffic by quartile, 2015-2020 (percent)
  • Figure 6: Average Mobile Data Consumption per Region (MB/month), 2015-2020
  • Figure 7: North America Connections and Population, 2015-2020 (000)
  • Figure 8: Per-Connection Mobile Data Use (MB/month) in North America, 2015-2020
  • Figure 9: Total Mobile Data Traffic (TB/month) in North America, 2015-2020
  • Figure 10: Percentage of Mobile Data Traffic by Quartile in North America, 2015-2020
  • Figure 11: Latin America Connections and Population, 2015-2020 (000)
  • Figure 12: Per-Connection Mobile Data Use (MB/month) in Latin America, 2015-2020
  • Figure 13: Total Mobile Data Traffic (TB/month) in Latin America, 2015-2020
  • Figure 14: Percentage of Mobile Data Traffic by Quartile in Latin America, 2015-2020
  • Figure 15: Per Quarter Mobile Data Traffic (in Terabytes), Telefonica 2014-2015
  • Figure 16: Europe Connections and Population, 2015-2020(000)
  • Figure 17: Per-Connection Mobile Data Use (MB/month) in Europe, 2015-2020
  • Figure 18: Total Mobile Data Traffic (TB/month) in Europe, 2015-2020
  • Figure 19: Percentage of Mobile Data Traffic by Quartile in Europe, 2015-2020
  • Figure 20: Middle East and Africa Connections and Population, 2015-2020(000)
  • Figure 21: Per-Connection Mobile Data Use (MB/month) in MEA, 2015-2020
  • Figure 22: Total Mobile Data Traffic (TB/month) in MEA, 2015-2020
  • Figure 23: Percentage of Mobile Data Traffic by Quartile in MEA, 2015-2020
  • Figure 24: Asia-Pacific Connections and Population, 2015-2020(000)
  • Figure 25: Per-Connection Mobile Data Use (MB/month) in Asia-Pacific, 2015-2020
  • Figure 26: Total Mobile Data Traffic (TB/month) in Asia-Pacific, 2015-2020
  • Figure 27: Percentage of Mobile Data Traffic by Quartile in Asia-Pacific, 2015-2020
  • Figure 28: Japan Connections and Population, 2015-2020(000)
  • Figure 29: Per-Connection Mobile Data Use (MB/month) in Japan, 2015-2020
  • Figure 30: Total Mobile Data Traffic (TB/month) in Japan, 2015-2020
  • Figure 31: Percentage of Mobile Data Traffic by Quartile in Japan, 2015-2020

For additional information on the Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast, 2015 – 2020 market study, please contact Iain Gillott at (512) 263-5682 or by email.