A report from the analyst Gartner has shown that mobile data traffic is growing as a result of many consumers in the US and other countries switching to smart phones and other internet enabled devices. Mobile data traffic is expected to increase by twenty three percent over the course of this year as more people switch to internet devices and snap up devices such as internet tablets.
As 4G networks become increasingly available the level of data traffic could increase even further according to analysts. Gartner has predicted that the sale of mobile data services could grow by twenty three percent to $314.7 billion over the course of this year compared to sales of $257 billion in 2010.
Jessica Ekholm, principal research analyst at Gartner, said: “Mobile data volumes will continue to grow as mobile data networks become faster and more ubiquitous, while at the same time the number of data users and data usage per user is expected to grow.”
It is also thought that the growing demand for these services will increase the pressure for providers to improve networks and improve data plans. Gartner research director Sylvain Fabre said: “What carriers currently need are innovative ways to increase data revenue while finding smart solutions to manage a growing demand in data.”
Source – Computer Weekly