Wireless & Mobile Landscape

Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast, 2017 – 2022: Continued Growth into the 5G Era

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 2017 just under 12 million terabytes of mobile data traffic flowed over the world’s cellular data networks per month, and by 2022, when the industry will be several years into commercial 5G network deployments, iGR forecasts mobile data traffic will rise to 82 million terabytes per month.

This report forecasts the mobile data traffic from 2017 to 2022 at the global level, as well as for the regions of North America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Asia-Pacific.

For each region, iGR forecasts the number of connections, the amount of data usage per connection per month in four different quartiles, 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?
  • What levels of mobile data usage of some of the major mobile operators in each region experiencing and what initiatives are they using to meet the demand?

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
    • North America Mobile Operator Updates
      • AT&T
      • Sprint
      • T-Mobile US
      • Verizon Wireless
      • Bell
      • Rogers Communications
      • Telus Mobility
  • Latin America and Caribbean
    • Latin America Mobile Operator Updates
      • Telefonica
      • America Movil
      • AT&T Mexico
  • Europe
    • Europe Mobile Operator Updates
      • Orange
      • Telefonica
      • TurkCell Group
      • VEON
      • Vodafone
  • Middle East and Africa
    • Middle East and Africa Mobile Operator Updates
      • Etisalat
      • MTN
      • Orange
      • Ooredoo
      • VEON
      • Vodafone
      • Zain
  • Asia-Pacific
    • Asia-Pacific Mobile Operator Updates
      • Axiata Group
      • China Mobile
      • China Telecom
      • China Unicom
      • Idea Cellular
      • NTT DoCoMo
      • Ooredoo
      • Reliance Communications
      • Reliance Jio
      • SingTel Group
      • VEON
      • Vodafone
  • Definitions
  • About iGR
    • Disclaimer

List of Tables

  • Table 1: Worldwide Connections, Population, and Penetration, 2017-2022
  • Table 2: Worldwide Connections by Technology Generation, 2017-2022(000)
  • Table 3: Total Global Mobile Data Traffic per Month by Region, 2017-2022 (TB)
  • Table 4: Total Global Mobile Data Traffic by Region, 2017-2022 (percent)
  • Table 5: Total Global Mobile Data Traffic by Quartile, 2017-2022 (percent)
  • Table 6: Average Mobile Data Consumption per Region, 2017-2022 (MB/month)
  • Table 7: North America Connections, Population, and Penetration, 2017-2022
  • Table 8: Connections per Quartile in North America, 2017-2022 (000s)
  • Table 9: Per-Connection Mobile Data Use (MB/month) in North America, 2017-2022
  • Table 10: Total Mobile Data Traffic (TB/month) in North America, 2017-2022
  • Table 11: Percentage of Mobile Data Traffic by Quartile in North America, 2017-2022
  • Table 12: Latin America Connections, Population, and Penetration, 2017-2022
  • Table 13: Connection per Quartile in Latin America (000s), 2017-2022
  • Table 14: Per-Connection Mobile Data Use (MB/month) in Latin America, 2017-2022
  • Table 15: Total Mobile Data Traffic (TB/month) in Latin America, 2017-2022
  • Table 16: Percentage of Mobile Data Traffic by Quartile in Latin America, 2017-2022
  • Table 17: Per Quarter Mobile Data Traffic, Telefonica 2016-2017
  • Table 18: Mobile Data Traffic per Subscriber (MB/Month), Telefonica 2016-2017
  • Table 19: Europe Connections, Population, and Penetration, 2017-2022
  • Table 20: Connection per Quartile in Europe, 2017-2022
  • Table 21: Per-Connection Mobile Data Use (MB/month) in Europe, 2017-2022
  • Table 22: Total Mobile Data Traffic (TB/month) in Europe, 2017-2022
  • Table 23: Percentage of Mobile Data Traffic by Quartile in Europe, 2017-2022
  • Table 24: Orange’s 4G Coverage, Third Quarter 2017 vs. 2016
  • Table 25: Per Quarter Mobile Data Traffic, Telefonica 2016-2017
  • Table 26: VEON Italy
  • Table 27: VEON Russia
  • Table 28: VEON Ukraine
  • Table 29: Vodafone Data Usage (TBs) by European Country
  • Table 30: Middle East and Africa Connections, Population, and Penetration, 2017-2022
  • Table 31: Connection per Quartile in MEA, 2017-2022
  • Table 32: Per-Connection Mobile Data Use (MB/month) in MEA, 2017-2022
  • Table 33: Total Mobile Data Traffic (TB/month) in MEA, 2017-2022
  • Table 34: Percentage of Mobile Data Traffic by Quartile in MEA, 2017-2022
  • Table 35: VEON Algeria
  • Table 36: Vodafone Data Usage (TB) by MEA Countries
  • Table 37: Zain Mobile Data Revenue Change Q3 2017 vs. Q3 2016
  • Table 38: Asia-Pacific Connections, Population, and Penetration, 2017-2022
  • Table 39: Connections per Quartile in Asia-Pacific, 2017-2022
  • Table 40: Per-Connection Mobile Data Use (MB/month) in Asia-Pacific, 2017-2022
  • Table 41: Total Mobile Data Traffic (TB/month) in Asia-Pacific, 2017-2022
  • Table 42: Percentage of Mobile Data Traffic by Quartile in Asia-Pacific, 2017-2022
  • Table 43: China Mobile Customer and Data Usage Statistics
  • Table 44: China Telecom Customer and Data Usage Statistics
  • Table 45: China Unicom Customer and Data Usage Statistics
  • Table 46: VEON Pakistan
  • Table 47: VEON Bangladesh
  • Table 48: Vodafone Data Usage (TB) in India
  • Definitions Table

List of Charts

  • Figure A: Global Mobile Data Traffic by Region, 2017-2022 (TB/Month)
  • Figure B: Total Global Mobile Data Traffic by Region, 2017-2022 (percent)
  • Figure 1: Worldwide Connections and Population, 2017-2022(000)
  • Figure 2: Worldwide Connections by Technology Generation, 2017-2022(000)
  • Figure 3: Total Global Mobile Data Traffic per Month by Region, 2017-2022 (TB)
  • Figure 4: Total Global Mobile Data Traffic by Region, 2017-2022 (percent)
  • Figure 5: Total Global Mobile Data Traffic by Quartile, 2017-2022 (percent)
  • Figure 6: Average Mobile Data Consumption per Region, 2017-2022 (MB/month)
  • Figure 7: North America Connections and Population, 2017-2022(000)
  • Figure 8: Per-Connection Mobile Data Use (MB/month) in North America, 2017-2022
  • Figure 9: Total Mobile Data Traffic (TB/month) in North America, 2017-2022
  • Figure 10: Percentage of Mobile Data Traffic by Quartile in North America, 2017-2022
  • Figure 11: Latin America Connections and Population, 2017-2022(000)
  • Figure 12: Per-Connection Mobile Data Use (MB/month) in Latin America, 2017-2022
  • Figure 13: Total Mobile Data Traffic (TB/month) in Latin America, 2017-2022
  • Figure 14: Percentage of Mobile Data Traffic by Quartile in Latin America, 2017-2022
  • Figure 15: Per Quarter Mobile Data Traffic (in Terabytes), Telefonica 2016-2017
  • Figure 16: Mobile Data Traffic per Subscriber (MB/Month), Telefonica 2016-2017
  • Figure 17: Europe Connections and Population, 2017-2022(000)
  • Figure 18: Per-Connection Mobile Data Use (MB/month) in Europe, 2017-2022
  • Figure 19: Total Mobile Data Traffic (TB/month) in Europe, 2017-2022
  • Figure 20: Percentage of Mobile Data Traffic by Quartile in Europe, 2017-2022
  • Figure 21: Middle East and Africa Connections and Population, 2017-2022(000)
  • Figure 22: Per-Connection Mobile Data Use (MB/month) in MEA, 2017-2022
  • Figure 23: Total Mobile Data Traffic (TB/month) in MEA, 2017-2022
  • Figure 24: Percentage of Mobile Data Traffic by Quartile in MEA, 2017-2022
  • Figure 25: Asia-Pacific Connections and Population, 2017-2022(000)
  • Figure 26: Per-Connection Mobile Data Use (MB/month) in Asia-Pacific, 2017-2022
  • Figure 27: Total Mobile Data Traffic (TB/month) in Asia-Pacific, 2017-2022
  • Figure 28: Percentage of Mobile Data Traffic by Quartile in Asia-Pacific, 2017-2022

For additional information on the Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast, 2017 – 2022 market study, please contact Iain Gillott at (512) 263-5682 or by email.