According to this this report recently released by Akamai Technologies, a cloud-based content delivery network platform that is responsible for about 30% of the world’s web traffic, it appears so.

The 44-page report covers the global state of the internet in the areas of security, broadband penetration and mobile connectivity for Q4, 2013.

Research on mobile connectivity was based off data sourced from both Akamai and Ericsson. Ericsson has a presence in over 180 countries , with a customer base representing over 1000 networks around the world.

Akamai says they observed a 15% rise in global mobile traffic (mobile 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE) between Q3 and Q4 of 2013. This amounts to about 70% increase between Q4 2012 and Q4 2013 – just one year. However, while mobile data usage continues to rise globally, voice traffic on the other hand has remained flat, or did it?


A closer inspection of the graph below reveals that voice traffic may have actually reduced – rather than increase as usual – for the first time ever, albeit marginally.

These results come at no surprise. At this rate, it will probably not be out of place to expect a further reduction in Q1 2014. Especially with the plethora of alternative Voice over internet Protocol (VOIP) services available to subscribers. Between BBM Voice, Viber, Skype, and Hangouts, users are spoilt for choice. And word has it that WhatsApp, with their half a billion subscriber base, will soon join the VOIP party. Little wonder, there were reports not too long ago that Nigerian telcos were looking to ban VOIP services.

It is worthy of note that measurements of data traffic around the world will vary largely, due regional and operator differences.

Photo Credit: World Bank Photo Collection via Compfight cc

Read this next

It would seem that operational costs for the telecommunications company are continually on the rise, due to increasingly demanding conditions imposed by the government and regulatory bodies. At any rate, MTN subscribers are bound to take the fall. In a recent interview with Bloomberg in Lagos on Monday, top officials of the telecommunications company, did not mince […]

More From TC
Tech Money Africa audience

The University of Lagos, Akoka hosted the TechMoney Africa summit, organised by the Unicorn Group, on June 10th and 11th, 2019, which featured a hackathon, a boot camp for budding entrepreneurs, a quick pitch session, panel sessions, case studies, and presentations from stakeholders.

Features, Social Media, Technology
11th June 2019

With social media giant Facebook looking to be saddled with more deceased user accounts than living by 2100, there is an increasing need to think about what happens to our digital assets after we pass on.

TechCabal is a Big Cabal Media brand

Copyright © 2019
All rights reserved

Privacy & Terms