Wireless & Mobile Landscape

Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast, 2018 – 2023: Growth in the 5G Era

Due to both the increasing number of mobile connections in the world and mobile users’ desire to stay constantly connected through their device, the amount of data flowing over the world’s mobile network is increasing exponentially.

This market study forecasts the mobile data traffic from 2018 to 2023 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?
  • How will 5G affect mobile data usage in each region?
  • 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?

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
    • What This Means
  • Methodology
  • Introduction
    • Connections
    • Defining 5G
    • Regions
    • Developed and 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
      • NTT DoCoMo
      • Ooredoo
      • Reliance Jio
      • SingTel Group
      • Vodafone Idea
      • VEON
      • Vodafone
  • Definitions
  • About iGR
    • Disclaimer

List of Tables

  • Table A: Total Global Mobile Data Traffic per Month, 2018-2023 (TB)
  • Table 1: Worldwide Connections, Population, and Penetration, 2018-2023
  • Table 2: Worldwide Connections by Technology Generation, 2018-2023 (000)
  • Table 3: Total Global Mobile Data Traffic per Month by Region, 2018-2023 (TB)
  • Table 4: Total Global Mobile Data Traffic by Region, 2018-2023 (percent)
  • Table 5: Total Global Mobile Data Traffic by Quartile, 2018-2023 (percent)
  • Table 6: Average Mobile Data Usage per Connection per Region, 2019-2023 (MB/month)
  • Table 7: North America Connections, Population, and Penetration, 2018-2023
  • Table 8: Connections per Quartile in North America, 2018-2023 (000s)
  • Table 9: Per-Connection Mobile Data Use (MB/month) in North America, 2018-2023
  • Table 10: Total Mobile Data Traffic (TB/month) in North America, 2018-2023
  • Table 11: Percentage of Mobile Data Traffic by Quartile in North America, 2018-2023
  • Table 12: Latin America Connections, Population, and Penetration, 2018-2023
  • Table 13: Connection per Quartile in Latin America (000s), 2018-2023
  • Table 14: Per-Connection Mobile Data Use (MB/month) in Latin America, 2018-2023
  • Table 15: Total Mobile Data Traffic (TB/month) in Latin America, 2018-2023
  • Table 16: Percentage of Mobile Data Traffic by Quartile in Latin America, 2018-2023
  • Table 17: Per Quarter Mobile Data Traffic (TB), Telefonica 2017-2018
  • Table 18: Mobile Data Traffic per Subscriber (MB/Month), Telefonica 2017-2018
  • Table 19: Europe Connections, Population, and Penetration, 2018-2023
  • Table 20: Connection per Quartile in Europe, 2018-2023
  • Table 21: Per-Connection Mobile Data Use (MB/month) in Europe, 2018-2023
  • Table 22: Total Mobile Data Traffic (TB/month) in Europe, 2018-2023
  • Table 23: Percentage of Mobile Data Traffic by Quartile in Europe, 2018-2023
  • Table 24: Orange’s 4G Coverage, Third Quarter 2018 vs. 2017
  • Table 25: Per Quarter Mobile Data Traffic, Telefonica 2017-2018
  • Table 26: Mobile Data Traffic per Subscriber (MB/Month), Telefonica 2017-2018
  • Table 27: VEON Russia
  • Table 28: VEON Ukraine
  • Table 29: Vodafone Data Usage (TBs) by European Country, 2017-2018
  • Table 30: Vodafone Average Data Usage (MB/Month/Subscriber) by European Country
  • Table 31: Middle East and Africa Connections, Population, and Penetration, 2018-2023
  • Table 32: Connection per Quartile in MEA, 2018-2023
  • Table 33: Per-Connection Mobile Data Use (MB/month) in MEA, 2018-2023
  • Table 34: Total Mobile Data Traffic (TB/month) in MEA, 2018-2023
  • Table 35: Percentage of Mobile Data Traffic by Quartile in MEA, 2018-2023
  • Table 36: MTN Average Data Usage (MB/Month/Active Data User)
  • Table 37: Vodafone Data Usage (TB) by MEA Countries
  • Table 38: Asia-Pacific Connections, Population, and Penetration, 2018-2023
  • Table 39: Connections per Quartile in Asia-Pacific, 2018-2023
  • Table 40: Per-Connection Mobile Data Use (MB/month) in Asia-Pacific, 2018-2023
  • Table 41: Total Mobile Data Traffic (TB/month) in Asia-Pacific, 2018-2023
  • Table 42: Percentage of Mobile Data Traffic by Quartile in Asia-Pacific, 2018-2023
  • Table 43: Axiata Group Average Data Usage per Subscriber (MB/month)
  • Table 44: Axiata Group Data Subscribers as Percent of Mobile Subscribers
  • Table 45: China Mobile Customer and Data Usage Statistics
  • Table 46: China Telecom Customer and Data Usage Statistics
  • Table 47: China Unicom Customer and Data Usage Statistics
  • Table 48: VEON Pakistan
  • Table 49: VEON Bangladesh
  • Definitions Table

List of Charts

  • Figure A: Global Mobile Data Traffic, 2018-2023 (TB/Month)
  • Figure 1: 5G Capabilities
  • Figure 2: Worldwide Connections and Population, 2018-2023 (000)
  • Figure 3: Worldwide Connections by Technology Generation, 2018-2023 (000)
  • Figure 4: Total Global Mobile Data Traffic per Month by Region, 2018-2023 (TB)
  • Figure 5: Total Global Mobile Data Traffic by Region, 2018-2023 (percent)
  • Figure 6: Total Global Mobile Data Traffic by Quartile, 2018-2023 (percent)
  • Figure 7: Average Mobile Data Consumption per Region, 2018-2023 (MB/month)
  • Figure 8: North America Connections and Population, 2018-2023 (000)
  • Figure 9: Per-Connection Mobile Data Use (MB/month) in North America, 2018-2023
  • Figure 10: Total Mobile Data Traffic (TB/month) in North America, 2018-2023
  • Figure 11: Percentage of Mobile Data Traffic by Quartile in North America, 2018-2023
  • Figure 12: Latin America Connections and Population, 2018-2023(000)
  • Figure 13: Per-Connection Mobile Data Use (MB/month) in Latin America, 2018-2023
  • Figure 14: Total Mobile Data Traffic (TB/month) in Latin America, 2018-2023
  • Figure 15: Percentage of Mobile Data Traffic by Quartile in Latin America, 2018-2023
  • Figure 16: Per Quarter Mobile Data Traffic (TB), Telefonica 2017-2018
  • Figure 17: Mobile Data Traffic per Subscriber (MB/Month), Telefonica 2017-2018
  • Figure 18: Europe Connections and Population, 2018-2023 (000)
  • Figure 19: Per-Connection Mobile Data Use (MB/month) in Europe, 2018-2023
  • Figure 20: Total Mobile Data Traffic (TB/month) in Europe, 2018-2023
  • Figure 21: Percentage of Mobile Data Traffic by Quartile in Europe, 2018-2023
  • Figure 22: Per Quarter Mobile Data Traffic (TB), Telefonica 2017-2018
  • Figure 23: Mobile Data Traffic per Subscriber (MB/Month), Telefonica 2017-2018
  • Figure 24: Vodafone Average Data Usage (MB/Month/Subscriber) by European Country
  • Figure 25: Middle East and Africa Connections and Population, 2018-2023 (000)
  • Figure 26: Per-Connection Mobile Data Use (MB/month) in MEA, 2018-2023
  • Figure 27: Total Mobile Data Traffic (TB/month) in MEA, 2018-2023
  • Figure 28: Percentage of Mobile Data Traffic by Quartile in MEA, 2018-2023
  • Figure 29: Asia-Pacific Connections and Population, 2018-2023 (000)
  • Figure 30: Per-Connection Mobile Data Use (MB/month) in Asia-Pacific, 2018-2023
  • Figure 31: Total Mobile Data Traffic (TB/month) in Asia-Pacific, 2018-2023
  • Figure 32: Percentage of Mobile Data Traffic by Quartile in Asia-Pacific, 2018-2023

For additional information on the Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast, 2018 – 2023 market study, please contact Iain Gillott at (512) 263-5682 or by email.