Within 5 years, video will represent 75% of mobile traffic, according to the latest study Ericsson Mobility Report.
In 2017, the share of video represented 55% of traffic and 14 exabytes of data per month. According to the study’s data, this figure is expected to rise to 110 exabytes per month in 2023, or the equivalent of 5.5 million years of HD video streaming.
To allow users to consume as many videos as they want, mobile plans will evolve over the years. In 2017, a user uses 2.9 gigabytes of data per month. Monthly plans vary from 2 GB to 5 GB. Within 5 years, average Internet data usage will rise to 17 GB.
1.5 billion 5G smartphones sold by 2025
The Ericsson study estimates that by 2023, more than a billion people will have subscribed to a 5G package. This last point will push consumers to move towards 5G smartphones. According to data from Strategy Analytics, 2 million such phones will be sold in 2019. This figure will reach 1.5 billion units by 2025, an average growth of 250% per year. According to Ericsson, initially, 5G will develop in certain territories such as the United States, South Korea, Japan and China. By 2023, 5G will cover 20% of the world’s population.
This strong attraction for video will overshadow social networks. Indeed, according to Ericsson, the share of mobile traffic in 2023 for these applications will represent 8% against 12% today.