Ericsson Mobility Report: Mobile Subscriptions Grow at a Fast Clip in Latin America

By 2018, Brazil will lead Latin America with 350 million mobile subscriptions. Chile, however, will be on top with connectivity trends – in terms of proportion of the population – with 50 million accounts. These and more are the projections of the Ericsson Mobility Report.

The Ericsson Mobility Report corresponds to the first quarter of 2013. Andre Gildin, who directs Ericsson’s market intelligence for Latin America, remarked:

The projections for Chile are highly encouraging. According to our findings, it is slated to reach 50 million mobile subscriptions, confirming the expansive increase of the use of new technologies in the country.

Mexico is expected to hit 150 million mobile subscriptions. Argentina will arrive at 70 million, Colombia 65 million and Peru 40 million.

Reporte de Movilidad Ericsson

The Role of Video

The report also includes predictions that mobile data traffic will undergo significant growth in the next few years. In fact, data traffic is expected to increase 12 times over by the end of 2018. This will largely come about as a result of video.

Douglas Gilstrap, Senior Vice President and Head of Strategy at Ericsson, remarked:

LTE services will be available to about 60% of the world’s population in 2018. We expect LTE subscriptions to exceed one billion in 2017, driven by more capable devices and demand for data-intensive services such as video.

Video is the most significant segment for data traffic in mobile networks and is expected to grow at a 60% annual rate through 2018.

Mobile Influence

The total number of global mobile subscriptions increased by 8% year-on-year for the first quarter of 2013. Mobile broadband subscriptions grew even faster at 45%, arriving at 1.7 billion.

Smartphones represented roughly half of mobile phone sales, while in 2012 they were at about 40%.

Gildin discussed the impact:

Smartphones and tablets have changed the way we use the internet. Mobility is becoming an increasingly important part of our daily lives. Devices are always within reach – something that allows us to access information, entertainment and social interaction instantly.

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This text has been adapted and translated into English by Emily Stewart from its original Spanish publication.

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