With 16 billion connected objects within five years, the IoT will surpass the smartphone

by bold-lichterman

Of the 28 billion mobile devices in circulation in 2021, 16 billion will be connected objects, according to the Ericsson Mobility Report published at the beginning of June. We also learn that within five years, 10 times more mobile data will be exchanged. Data shared via smartphones should increase the most over the period (x12), followed by data shared on tablets (x6). Remember that Ericsson specializes in equipment, software and mobility services.

Where exactly will this data come from? How will this development be reflected in terms of behavior and uses?

90% of data will come from smartphones

While the amount of mobile data exchanged around the world is expected to experience significant growth over the next five years, the number of mobile subscriptions is expected to increase only 1.2 times over the same period, according to the study’s authors.

90% of mobile data should still go through smartphones. By 2021, 70% of the 9 billion mobile subscriptions that there will be in the world will therefore concern smartphone subscriptions. Growth is expected to be the most significant in Asia Pacific (+1700 subscriptions).


Connected objects growing by 23% per year

Another finding of the study there will be nearly 16 billion connected objects (connected cars, machines, public meters, and consumer electronics) in circulation in 2021, i.e. 3.4 times more than in 2015 (where the authors of the study count 4.6 billion).

More specifically, the number of connected objects in circulation should increase by 23% per year on average over the next 5 years, and represent 57% of all mobile terminals used.

It should be noted that it is in Asia Pacific and Western Europe that the number of connected objects should increase the most over the period.


70% of traffic will come from video

Unsurprisingly, in terms of usage, 70% of mobile traffic will concern video within 5 years, far ahead of social networks (7% of traffic), and software downloads (3% of traffic). It should be noted that videos integrated on social network pages are counted in the video category. So Facebook Live videos, which are booming, are found in video content and not social networks.

Another proof of the importance of video on smartphones: between 2011 and 2015, the time spent watching TV or videos on a television set, or on a computer decreased in favor of smartphones and tablets, such as the shows the graphic below.


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