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Asia Pacific to generate 45 percent of mobile data traffic by 2020

Anuradha Shukla | March 8, 2016
Findings from 10th Annual Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Mobile Forecast.

Asia Pacific will generate 45 percent of all mobile data traffic by 2020, according to 10th Annual Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Mobile Forecast.

By 2020, countries like Indonesia, China and India will top the charts for global mobile data traffic growth.

Smart mobile devices and connections will represent 72 percent of total mobile devices and connections by 2020 in Asia Pacific.

In Singapore, 88 percent of the population owns a smartphone, contributing to 41 percent of all web traffic.

"With the ever-increasing billions of people and things that are being connected, mobility is the predominant medium that's enabling today's global digitization transformation," said Doug Webster, Vice President of service provider marketing, Cisco. "Future mobile innovations in cellular, such as 5G, and Wi-Fi solutions will be needed to further address new scale requirements, security concerns, and user demands. IoT advancements will continue to fuel tangible benefits for people, businesses and societies."

Smart devices
Smart devices are said to generate 98 % of mobile data traffic in the region by 2020.

Mobile data usage in Singapore is rising exponentially, from about 8 petabytes in 2013 to 10.9 petabytes in 2015.

Ninety-eight percent of mobile connections in Singapore is broadband (3G & 4G).

The report also shows that average daily use of the internet with a mobile device is more than two hours. User's mobile activities cover entertainment, banking, gaming, search and social media.

"The statistics show that mobility powered by fast and efficient connectivity is taking on a central role in the lives of consumers and businesses," said Ang Thiam Guan, country manager, Singapore and Brunei, Cisco. "As a Smart Nation, Singapore needs to focus on enhancing and securing its telecommunications infrastructure and mobile technologies to enable citizens to tap into the fullest benefits of mobility."


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