DATA traffic per smartphone per month in South-East Asia and Oceania is expected to grow from 3.6GB to 17GB at a compounded annual growth rate of 29%, says a report.
The Ericsson Mobility Report June 2019 says the growth will be supported by an increase in LTE subscriptions and a change in young people’s video viewing habits. The report also predicts that the total mobile data traffic per month in the region will grow seven times from 2.3 exabyte (EB) in 2018 to 16EB by 2024, while total smartphone subscriptions will surpass 1 billion, growing at a CAGR of 8%. Meanwhile, total mobile subscriptions are expected to grow 7% from about 800 million in 2018 to 1.2 billion in 2024.
“LTE will be the most dominant access technology in the region by 2024 while 5G subscriptions would also start to pick up. Mobile video traffic is fuelling the total data traffic as users are spending more time streaming and sharing video. This is expected to continue, as video is embedded in all types of online content.
“In addition, surveys of smartphone users worldwide indicate that they expect 5G to bring the network performance needed for immersive media formats and applications. Streaming 360-degree video and augmented/virtual reality should start to be a significant factor in mobile traffic growth while enhancing user experience as 5G is rolled out, and compatible devices are successively introduced,” says Ericsson Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh head Todd Ashton.
In 2018, LTE subscriptions grew by about 40% in South-East Asia and Oceania and are expected to account for 63% of mobile subscriptions by the end of 2024.
The report adds that initial 5G commercial devices are expected in the region during the first half of 2019. By the end of 2024, it is anticipated that almost 12% of subscriptions in the region will be for 5G.
The uptake of 5G subscriptions is expected to be fastest in North America (63% of anticipated mobile subscriptions in 2024), followed by North East Asia (47%) and Europe (40%).