Total global mobile data traffic – excluding traffic generated by fixed wireless access (FWA) – is estimated to reach around 65EB per month by the end of 2021, and is projected to grow by a factor of around 4.4 to reach 288EB per month in 2027. Including FWA traffic, this takes the total mobile network traffic to around 80EB per month by the end of 2021, and 370EB per month by the end of 2027.
The monthly global average usage per smartphone will reach 11.4GB by the end of 2021 and is forecast to reach 41GB by the end of 2027.
Smartphones continue to be at the epicenter of this development as they generate most of the mobile data traffic today – about 97 percent – a share that is projected to increase throughout the forecast period.
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Currently, video traffic is estimated to account for 69 percent of all mobile data traffic, a share that is forecast to increase to 79 percent in 2027.
Populous markets that launch 5G early are likely to lead traffic growth over the forecast period. By 2027, we expect 5G networks to carry 62 percent of total mobile data traffic.