According to new data published by ABI Research, the technology market research company, the use of 4G LTE data networks will grow by more than 200 per cent in 2013. This is considerably more than the 99 per cent which 3G data traffic is expected to rise by.
Experts at ABI Research are predicting that because the number of next-generation mobile networks is set to increase, 4G LTE – the 4G service we are currently in the process of getting in the UK – will soon become a primary driver of mobile data traffics. 3G was in control until last year, when it was responsible for 46 per cent of all traffic. In 2012, 3G data usage grew by an impressive 130 per cent, but this growth has slowed as more and more customers are switching to 4G mobile phones. In 2013, experts are predicting that 4G data usage will rise by an incredible 207 per cent as new networks are launched and expanded in many different countries. The US and Australia already have 4G, and thanks to the rollout being carried out by Everything Everywhere (EE), the UK is not far behind.
Overall, global mobile data usage continues to rise year-on-year, with a 69 per cent rise to 13,412 petabytes recorded in 2012. One of the things whichcontinues to power growth in the amount of mobile data traffic is smartphone apps. The Asia-Pacific region is now the leader when it comes to smartphone downloads, pulling ahead of North America as it accounts for 39 per cent of the market compared to the US’s 25 per cent. Last year, smartphone users worldwide downloaded 36.2 billion apps, an increase of 88 per cent compared to 2011. In its ‘Mobile Data Traffic & Usage’ Market Data, a part of its Mobile Traffic Database, ABI Research also produced figures which estimate that 51 per cent of the mobile data traffic in 2012 was generated by web browsing.
In the future, however, experts are predicting video downloads and mobile video streaming will generate as much as half of the overall traffic. This is because by 2018, smartphone users will have access to widespread availability to super-fast 4G speeds, enabling them to stream content and watch videos without having to wait for items to load and without interruptions to the signal. At present, we may all be looking for the best iPhone 5 deals, but in five years’ time, experts are predicting that smartphone users will have more of a preference for mobile devices with larger screens such as tablets.
Why 4G LTE is most demanded?
Developed by 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), Long Term Evaluation (LTE) is a 4G based wireless communication. LTE is aimed to provide 10 times more speed than 3G networks, for mobile devices like tablets, notebooks, smartphones, netbooks and wireless hotspots. 4G LTE offer IP based multimedia, data and voice streaming at a pace of 100 Mbit per second to 1 GBit per second.
Some of the invincible capabilities of the 4G LTE make it the foremost choice of people.
LTE supports functioning in both FDD and TDD modes.
High spectral efficiency, more than twice or four times over Release 6 HSPA.
Uplinks data rates are up to 86.4 Mbps with 20 MHz bandwidth
Downlink data rates are up to 326 Mbps with 20 MHz bandwidth
Lower latency. Between base station and user equipment, latency is of 10 milliseconds round-trip times and less than 100ms transition from inactive to active.
Highly scalable bandwidth, up to 20 MHz.