How fast is mobile data usage is actually growing (not just forecast), and how does it differ once LTE networks are deployed?  I thought I’d share some recently reported figures from various operators around the world (sourced from the GSMA Wireless Intelligence Database)

  • Mobistar in Belgium reported in July that mobile data traffic tripled in the year ended June 2013.
  • Vodacom in South Africa reported in July that customers used on average 75% more data per device in the quarter ended June 2013 than a year ago.
  • KPN in the Netherlands reported in July that in Q2 2013 there was 80% more data usage on LTE than 3G
  • au in Japan reported in August that data traffic per smartphone is around 30 times that for a feature phone.
  • Cricket in the US reported in August that data usage for their LTE customers was about 2x that of 3G customers.
  • Idea Cellular in India reported in August that the data volume growth exploded at the rate of 92.2% annually.
  • AT&T Mobility in the US reported in July that smartphone data usage per device increased annually by 50% in Q2 2013.
  • Zain in South Sudan reported in June that data traffic on the mobile broadband network has increased by 176% annually by the end of Q1 2013.
  • Verizon in the US reported in August that 59% of Verizon’s wireless data traffic is running on its LTE network.
  • China Mobile reported in August 2013 that wireless data traffic increased by 129% in Q2 2013, over the same period last year.