The Ericsson Mobility Report is a solid source of important figures on the state of our connected world. They maintain updated lists of key statistics that can help contextualize the status of the mobile revolution.
For example, in 2016 there were 7.5 billion worldwide mobile subscription accounts. The number in 2017 grew to 7.8 billion. It is projected to reach 9.1 billion by 2023.
Those are just mobile. Smartphones are what bring the most power to mobility. The figures there show even greater growth. Smartphone subscriptions in 2016 were 3.8 billion. The 2017 number is 4.4 billion. By 2023 they are expected to reach 7.3 billion.
Examining the figures for just North America shows there are more mobile subscriptions than people! That is to be expected, with many of us having accounts for home, for work, and for data plans on multiple devices. But still there is room for growth. The 2017 number for mobile subscriptions is 390 million. This will grow to 460 million by 2023. Examining just smartphones shows 310 subscription accounts by 2017 growing to 390 by 2023.
Ericsson also reports shifting ways mobile data plans are provided and consumed. The most popular mobile broadband data plans are those with limits ranging from 2 to 5 GigaBytes (GB) per month. As mobile data consumption continues to increase globally, there is a consistent shift towards ever larger plans.
However, there are steady customer segments at both ends of the scale, suggesting a demand for a broad mix of plans. Smartphone user data, collected through on-device measurements, reveals the latest mobile plan, usage and traffic trends.
For more see the Ericsson Mobility Report