17 Stats You Need To Know About Global Mobile Data



  1. Mobile video traffic accounted for 60% of total mobile data traffic in 2016.
  2. Mobile will represent 20% of total IP traffic by 2021.
  3. The average global mobile connection speed will surpass 20 Mbps by 2021.
  4. Global mobile devices and connections in 2016 grew to 8.0 billion.
  5. Average smartphone usage grew 38% in 2016.
  6. Global mobile data traffic grew 63% in 2016.
  7. Global mobile data traffic will increase 7X between 2016 and 2021.
  8. Globally, mobile data traffic will reach 30.6 Exabytes per month by 2020.
  9. 75% of the world’s mobile data traffic will be video by 2020.
  10. Mobile data traffic has grown 18-fold over the past 5 years.
  11. 99% of mobile data traffic will be ‘smart’ traffic by 2021, up from 92% in 2016.
  12. 5G connections will be 0.2% of total mobile connections by 2021.
  13. In 2016, global business mobile data traffic grew 1.6-fold or 56%.
  14. Globally, mobile cloud traffic will grow 7.3-fold from 2016 to 2021.
  15. 78% of the world’s mobile data traffic will be video by 2021.
  16. 4G connections will have 53% of total mobile connections by 2021.
  17. The number of mobile-connected devices per capita will reach 1.5 by 2021.
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