3G/4G technology is increasing the smartphone data hunger like anything. These smart devices are no more the tools for making calls and sending texts only. They are more of an educational and entertainment gadgets.
On one hand the data usage is increasing on these mobile devices, the conversion from feature phones to smartphones have also boosted the data usage on these devices. In Pakistan, there has been observed a 1% conversion from feature phone to a smartphone in 2015 and by the end of 2016, the figure is expected to reach to 2%.
According to the latest report from Ericsson which it has named Ericsson Mobility Report, today, an average smartphone data user exchanges about 1.4 GB of data per month. But, in 2021, an average smartphone user will consume 8.9 GB of data each month. Why? Because in 2021, most of the telecom operators will have been on the Fifth Generation of Mobile Communication Technologies (5G), which is exceptionally faster in speed as compared to the 4G-LTE.
With the popularity of instant messaging services such as WhatsApp, Skype, Facebook Messenger, and LINE Messenger, people have started communicating via video calls instead of the regular voice calls. Video calls use a large amount of internet data as compared to the voice calls.
Similarly, the surge in videos uploads and downloads, and with the new era of 360-degree video making, the data usage is expected to go sky high.
Smartphone data rise to increase the number of users
Moreover, in 2021, the users of smartphones will also be increased. Most of the users will be using 4G-LTE services. A large number of data will be utilized for video streaming from the websites like YouTube, DailyMotion, Vimeo, etc.
41 percent of the data will be used for social networking, 37 percent for the music streaming, 35 percent for downloading the software, 25 percent for standard web browsing, and only 19 percent will be used for the file sharing.
According to the Ericsson Mobility Report, the number of monthly smartphone data traffic would be increased mostly in the Western Europe and North America. The Middle East and Africa are the areas where only a slight increase would be observed; mainly this is because latest technology such as 5G and the supported handsets will land first in the developed countries.