Mobile data revenue to reach $314.7bn

5 August 2011

Mobile data revenues are expected to rise by 22.5 per cent to reach $314.7 billion in 2011, a new study has revealed.

According to Gartner, the number of worldwide mobile connections will increase by 11 per cent to 5.6 billion in 2011.

“Steady growth” is expected in this area by Gartner which suggested that the number will hit 7.4 billion by 2015 and generate $552 billion worth of mobile data revenue.

Jessica Ekholm, principal research analyst at Gartner, said: “Mobile data traffic will increase significantly as more people will have access to mobile data networks, there is a migration toward smartphones and an increase in sales of media tablets.

“Mobile data volumes will continue to grow as mobile data networks become faster and more ubiquitous, while at the same time the number of data users and data usage per user is expected to grow.”

The study said that an increase in the number of mobile connections will result in communication service providers experiencing greater demand.

Mobile data usage per connection is also expected to increase during this period, the research body said.

By Jim Ottewill

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