Wireless Network Traffic

Our report provides an independent forecast of growth in wireless network traffic. We show that fixed-mobile substitution and rapid take-up of wireless data services will lead to unprecedented increases in wireless network traffic.

Telecom Report – “Wireless Network Traffic 2008-2015: forecasts and analysis”

Usage of mobile data services has started to increase significantly, driven by the rapid take-up of smartphones and USB modems. There is a risk that data traffic will strain the capacity of wireless networks, and that networks will not be able to remain profitable.

This report provides detailed forecasts of wireless network traffic generated by cellular users. Traffic is broken down by terminal and service type for each major region of the world:

  • Western Europe
  • North America
  • developed Asia
  • Central and Eastern Europe
  • Central and South America
  • developing Asia
  • the rest of the world.

The report compares the amount of traffic generated by mobile data services with that arising from conventional mobile voice services, and also assesses the impact of mobile VoIP services on wireless networks. It identifies the types of terminal and service that will have the greatest effect on overall network traffic.


Questions answered by this report

  • What will happen to the traffic levels on wireless networks as new services and devices stimulate growth?
  • How will the revenue per MB from wireless services decrease as traffic levels rise?
  • What are the key drivers of and barriers to wireless network traffic?
  • How do different types of device, such as USB modems, smartphones and basic mobile phones, compare in terms of the wireless network traffic and revenue per MB they generate?
  • Which services will have the greatest impact on wireless network traffic?
  • When will data traffic exceed voice traffic on wireless networks?
  • What will be the balance between indoor and outdoor traffic carried by wireless networks?
  • How will the level of VoIP traffic compare with that of circuit-switched voice traffic?
  • How will the trends in wireless network traffic differ between regions?

Please visit our Wireless Blog to read some of our articles on mobile network capacity.