This simple graph shows mobile data’s incredible growth

Akamai’s Q1 2017 State of the Internet report shows huge growth in mobile data traffic over the past few years, while voice traffic growth is almost flat.

The report uses insight from mobile vendor Ericsson, which has a presence in over 180 countries and a customer base representing more than 1,000 networks.

World total mobile traffic on 2G, 3G, and 4G networks – not including DHB-H, Wi-Fi, and Mobile WiMAX – is calculated.

Mobile data traffic has continued to grow, driven by increased smartphone subscriptions and a continued increase in data use per subscription.

In Q1 2017, data traffic grew nearly 12% quarter-over-quarter and nearly 70% year-over-year.

Looking at the five-year period in the chart below, cumulative voice traffic growth was 28%. Cumulative data traffic growth was over 1,200%.

Data growth

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This simple graph shows mobile data’s incredible growth