Internet Of Things to replace Mobile Phones as most connected device In 2018

  • Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to exceed mobile phones as the largest category of connected devices in 2018, raising the compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23%, and total forecast 28 billion connected devices by 2021. Massive IoT connections will leverage the ubiquity, security and management of cellular networks.

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  • 400 million IoT devices with cellular subscriptions at the end of 2015. Cellular IoT is expected to have the highest growth among the different categories of connected devices, reaching 1.5 billion in 2021.

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  • 1.2 billion new subscriptions worldwide during Q1 2016.
  • 9 billion mobile subscriptions by 2021, 6.3 billion smart phone subscription and 7,7 billion mobile broandband subscriptions

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  • 5G networks, being driven by new use cases, are expected to be deployed commercially in 2020.  1.7B new subscribers in the the Asia/Pacific (APAC) region. Smartphone subscription rates will increase more than 200% between 2015–2021 in the Middle East and Africa.
  • 4.3 billion LTE subscriptions by the end of 2021

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  • Smartphone subscriptions set to almost double by 2021

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These essentials and other disruptive facts were published in the 2016 Ericcson Mobility Report (PDF).

Ericcson created subscriptions and traffic forcast baselines and several interactive graphs. Using their plannning models Erricson validated trends and estimated future developmentfugures based on macroeconomic trends, user trends (researched by Ericsson ConsumerLab), market maturity, technology development expectations and industry analyst reports, on a national or regional level.

Reed the four suppary articles provided by Ericcson and the full Ericcson Mobile Report 2016.

Additional details on the Ericcson methodology, reed on page 30.