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Global Mobile Data Forecast, 2020 – 2025: Growth with a COVID twist

Due to both the growing number of mobile connections in the world and mobile users’ increasing usage of all types of activities on their mobile devices on faster networks, the amount of data traffic on the world’s mobile network is increasing exponentially. While the global pandemic caused disruptions in all corners of the globe in 2020, mobile usage continued.

This market study forecasts the mobile data traffic from 2020 to 2025 at the global level, as well as for the regions of North America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Asia-Pacific. The impact of COVID-19, which may not be the same in every region, is modeled into the forecast.

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 did COVID-19 affect mobile data usage in 2020? And how does iGR expect it to impact future years?
  • 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
  • General Methodology
  • Forecast Methodology and Assumptions
    • Connections
    • 5G Model Assumptions
    • COVID Impact on Model
    • 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
      • 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
      • TIM Brazil
      • Millicom International
      • ENTEL
  • Europe
    • Europe Mobile Operator Updates
      • Deutsche Telekom
      • Telefonica
      • TurkCell Group
      • VEON
      • Vodafone
  • Middle East and Africa
    • Middle East and Africa Mobile Operator Updates
      • MTN
      • Vodafone
      • Zain
  • Asia-Pacific
    • Asia-Pacific Mobile Operator Updates
      • Axiata Group
      • Bharti Airtel
      • China Mobile
      • China Telecom
      • China Unicom
      • NTT DoCoMo
      • Reliance Jio
      • SingTel Group
      • Vodafone Idea
      • VEON
  • Definitions
  • About iGR
    • Disclaimer

List of Tables

  • Table 1: Worldwide Connections, Population, and Penetration, 2020-2025
  • Table 2: Worldwide Connections by Technology Generation, 2020-2025 (000)
  • Table 3: Total Global Mobile Data Traffic per Month by Region, 2020-2025 (TB)
  • Table 4: Total Global Mobile Data Traffic by Region, 2020-2025 (percent)
  • Table 5: Total Global Mobile Data Traffic by Quartile, 2020-2025 (percent)
  • Table 6: Average Mobile Data Usage per Connection per Region, 2020-2025 (MB/month)
  • Table 7: North America Connections, Population, and Penetration, 2020-2025
  • Table 8: Connections per Quartile in North America, 2020-2025 (000s)
  • Table 9: Per-Connection Mobile Data Use (MB/month) in North America, 2020-2025
  • Table 10: Total Mobile Data Traffic (TB/month) in North America, 2020-2025
  • Table 11: Percentage of Mobile Data Traffic by Quartile in North America, 2020-2025
  • Table 12: Latin America Connections, Population, and Penetration, 2020-2025
  • Table 13: Connection per Quartile in Latin America (000s), 2020-2025
  • Table 14: Per-Connection Mobile Data Use (MB/month) in Latin America, 2020-2025
  • Table 15: Total Mobile Data Traffic (TB/month) in Latin America, 2020-2025
  • Table 16: Percentage of Mobile Data Traffic by Quartile in Latin America, 2020-2025
  • Table 17: Europe Connections, Population, and Penetration, 2020-2025
  • Table 18: Connection per Quartile in Europe, 2020-2025
  • Table 19: Per-Connection Mobile Data Use (MB/month) in Europe, 2020-2025
  • Table 20: Total Mobile Data Traffic (TB/month) in Europe, 2020-2025
  • Table 21: Percentage of Mobile Data Traffic by Quartile in Europe, 2020-2025
  • Table 22: VEON Russia
  • Table 23: Vodafone Data Usage (TBs) by European Country, 2019-2020
  • Table 24: Vodafone Average Data Usage (MB/Month/Subscriber) by European Country
  • Table 25: Middle East and Africa Connections, Population, and Penetration, 2020-2025
  • Table 26: Connection per Quartile in MEA, 2020-2025
  • Table 27: Per-Connection Mobile Data Use (MB/month) in MEA, 2020-2025
  • Table 28: Total Mobile Data Traffic (TB/month) in MEA, 2020-2025
  • Table 29: Percentage of Mobile Data Traffic by Quartile in MEA, 2020-2025
  • Table 30: MTN Average Data Usage (MB/Month/Active Data User)
  • Table 31: Vodafone Data Usage (TB per quarter) by MEA Countries
  • Table 32: Asia-Pacific Connections, Population, and Penetration, 2020-2025
  • Table 33: Connections per Quartile in Asia-Pacific, 2020-2025
  • Table 34: Per-Connection Mobile Data Use (MB/month) in Asia-Pacific, 2020-2025
  • Table 35: Total Mobile Data Traffic (TB/month) in Asia-Pacific, 2020-2025
  • Table 36: Percentage of Mobile Data Traffic by Quartile in Asia-Pacific, 2020-2025
  • Table 37: Axiata Group Average Data Usage per Subscriber (MB/month)
  • Table 38: Axiata Group Data Subscribers as Percent of Mobile Subscribers
  • Table 39: China Mobile Customer and Data Usage Statistics
  • Table 40: China Telecom Customer and Data Usage Statistics
  • Table 41: China Unicom Customer and Data Usage Statistics
  • Table 42: VEON Pakistan
  • Table 43: VEON Bangladesh
  • Definitions Table

List of Charts

  • Figure A: Global Mobile Data Traffic, 2020-2025 (TB/Month)
  • Figure 1: 5G Capabilities
  • Figure 2: Worldwide Connections and Population, 2020-2025 (000)
  • Figure 3: Worldwide Connections by Technology Generation, 2020-2025 (000)
  • Figure 4: Total Global Mobile Data Traffic per Month by Region, 2020-2025 (TB)
  • Figure 5: Total Global Mobile Data Traffic by Region, 2020-2025 (percent)
  • Figure 6: Total Global Mobile Data Traffic by Quartile, 2020-2025 (percent)
  • Figure 7: Average Mobile Data Consumption per Region, 2020-2025 (MB/month)
  • Figure 8: North America Connections and Population, 2020-2025 (000)
  • Figure 9: Per-Connection Mobile Data Use (MB/month) in North America, 2020-2025
  • Figure 10: Total Mobile Data Traffic (TB/month) in North America, 2020-2025
  • Figure 11: Percentage of Mobile Data Traffic by Quartile in North America, 2020-2025
  • Figure 12: Latin America Connections and Population, 2020-2025(000)
  • Figure 13: Per-Connection Mobile Data Use (MB/month) in Latin America, 2020-2025
  • Figure 14: Total Mobile Data Traffic (TB/month) in Latin America, 2020-2025
  • Figure 15: Percentage of Mobile Data Traffic by Quartile in Latin America, 2020-2025
  • Figure 16: Europe Connections and Population, 2020-2025 (000)
  • Figure 17: Per-Connection Mobile Data Use (MB/month) in Europe, 2020-2025
  • Figure 18: Total Mobile Data Traffic (TB/month) in Europe, 2020-2025
  • Figure 19: Percentage of Mobile Data Traffic by Quartile in Europe, 2020-2025
  • Figure 20: Vodafone Data Usage (TBs) by European Country, 2018-2019
  • Figure 21: Vodafone Average Data Usage (MB/Month/Subscriber) by European Country
  • Figure 22: Middle East and Africa Connections and Population, 2020-2025 (000)
  • Figure 23: Per-Connection Mobile Data Use (MB/month) in MEA, 2020-2025
  • Figure 24: Total Mobile Data Traffic (TB/month) in MEA, 2020-2025
  • Figure 25: Percentage of Mobile Data Traffic by Quartile in MEA, 2020-2025
  • Figure 26: Asia-Pacific Connections and Population, 2020-2025 (000)
  • Figure 27: Per-Connection Mobile Data Use (MB/month) in Asia-Pacific, 2020-2025
  • Figure 28: Total Mobile Data Traffic (TB/month) in Asia-Pacific, 2020-2025
  • Figure 29: Percentage of Mobile Data Traffic by Quartile in Asia-Pacific, 2020-2025

For additional information on the Global Mobile Data Forecast, 2020-2025 market study, please contact Iain Gillott at (512) 263-5682 or by email.