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Mobile Broadband Subscriptions Reach 1.7bn In Q1 2013

Global provider of communication services, Ericsson has said in its recent report that the number of mobile broadband subscriptions grew faster at the end of the first quarter in 2013.

The report, which was released in June 2013, and made available to telecommunications reporters in Lagos, recently, revealed that the number grew at the rate of 45 per cent, reaching about 1.7 billion globally.

Mr. Fredrik Jejdling, Head of Region, sub-Saharan Africa, who was in Nigeria recently to discuss, the result of Ericsson’s current research, said the amount of data usage per subscription also continued to grow steadily, adding that about 50 per cent of all mobile phones sold in the first quarter of 2013, were smartphones, which he said were the main drivers of mobile broadband subscription globally.

According to him, “these factors combined have resulted in the total amount of mobile data traffic doubling between the first quarter in 2012 and the first quarter in 2013. In this issue, we look beyond our usual update and outlook on mobile traffic with an analysis of traffic types. Traffic has been forecast by application type, providing analysis into factors behind the growth.”

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