Ericsson predicts broadband subscription growth

Subscriptions currently top half-a-billion, figure expected to double by end 2011

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Ericsson predicts broadband subscription growth Ericsson has predicted that global broadband penetration will reach 1.5 billion by the end of 2011.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  January 12, 2011

Erisson has estimated that global broadband subscriptions will reach 1.5 billion by the end of 2011. During the course of 2010, global mobile broadband subscriptions reached over half-a-billion.

The largest number, around 400 million new subscriptions, will be concentrated in the Asia-Pacific region, followed by North America and Western Europe with approximately 200 million subscriptions.

Ericsson believes that by 2015, mobile broadband subscriptions will hit approximately 3.8 billion, with 95% driven by HSPA, CDMA and Long-Term Evolution (LTE) networks.

The adoption of mobile broadband has grown exponentially with the introduction of smartphones, tablets and connected laptops, supported by high-performance networks, according to Ericsson. Users of these devices are increasingly connecting to the internet and using applications while they are on the go.

2010 was also a good year for LTE for Ericsson. To date, the company has signed contracts with 11 operators globally. Out of 16 networks delivered by Ericsson, half have been launched commercially.

LTE networks are enabling video streaming due to reduced latency and increased speed; this is attracting business users such as TV broadcasters and public safety organisations.

The introduction of these fast networks and smartphones and portable connectable devices has revolutionised the way users' access the internet, according to Ericsson. According A survey of LTE users by TeliaSonera's revealed that about 23% users now watch more online TV, and over 46% surf the web more frequently while away from home.

In August 2010, Ericsson announced that global mobile data traffic had tripled in just one year, the company expects this trend to continue.

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