Ericsson: 4.5 Billion Smartphone Subscribers Worldwide By 2018

Posted on Jun 3 2013 - 3:36pm by Editorial Staff

A new forecast from Ericsson suggest in its latest mobility report that in the next five years by 2018, there would be 4.5 billion smartphone subscribers worldwide, with 6- percent of world’s population covered by LTE. Other findings include the growth of video traffic by 60 percent annually and traffic volume will grow 12-fold.


The smartphones will account for about half of all mobile phone sales in Q1 2013 while the WCDMA/HSPA will add 60 million subscriptions, GSM/EDGE increasing 30 million, and LTE growing by 20 million. On region wise, China, Africa, and the Asia-Pacific parts of the world led the net additions and total number of mobile subscriptions.

“Owing to the build out of WCDMA/HSPA, network speeds have improved, and so has the user experience,” says Ericsson’s Senior Vice President and Head of Strategy Douglas Gilstrap. “LTE subscriptions will surpass 1 billion in 2017, driven by devices that are capable of supporting more multimedia content.”

Key Points:

  • Video traffic growing by 60 percent annually, driven by better network Speeds
  • Total global smartphone subscriptions hit the 1.2 billion mark in 2012, and are due to reach 4.5 billion by the end of 2018
  • 60 percent of the world’s population due to be covered by LTE in 2018
  • Smartphone users spend most time on social networks: an average of 85 minutes a day in some networks
  • Data traffic volumes doubled between Q1 2012 and Q1 2013, and are expected to grow 12-fold by 2018

Ericsson Mobility Report 2013

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