70 Percent of Population Will Have Smartphones by 2020

Just look around the train, supermarket, or office, and you'll realize advanced mobile technology is already commonplace. But the world is starting to catch up with 

North America, according to Ericsson.
By 2020, global smartphone subscriptions will more than double to 6.1 billion, 70 percent of people will use smartphones, and 90 percent will be covered by mobile 

broadband networks.

That surge, Ericsson said, is due in part to the growing number of devices per person in mature markets like North America and Europe. Whether it's a tablet, 

smartwatch, or smartphone, folks are often carrying at least two gadgets at all times now.

According to the report, though, almost 80 percent of new smartphone subscriptions by the end of 2020 will come from Africa, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific.

More smart devices—an expected 26 billion by 2020—means more data usage. And Ericsson predicts a 10-fold increase within five years, when 80 percent of all mobile data 

traffic will be generated by smartphones.
"This immense growth in advanced mobile technology and data usage, driven by a surge in mobile connectivity and smartphone uptake, will make today's big data 

revolution feel like the the arrival of a floppy disk," Rima Qureshi, senior vice president and chief strategy officer at Ericsson, said in a statement.

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With new applications and games hitting various mobile stores every day, it's no wonder people are spending more time on their handheld devices. But it's not just 

Angry Birds and Facebook that drive consumption: Mobile video traffic will grow by a whopping 55 percent per year until 2020.
Watching TV on an actual TV appears to be falling out of style as new generations stream content directly to their smartphone or tablet. Not to mention the increasing 

prevalence of online video in the form of news, advertisements, and social media.

"We see the potential for mass-scale transformation, bringing a wealth of opportunities for telecom operators and others to capture new revenue streams," Qureshi said. 

"But it also requires greater focus on cost-efficient delivery and openness to new business models to compete and remain effective."

Source: PC Mag