Global Mobile Data Usage Will Reach 120 Billion Gigabytes by 2017, Report Predicts

One hundred exabytes.

Maybe that doesn't sound like a lot, but one exabyte is the equivalent of a billion gigabytes (an average smartphone data plan has one gigabyte of data per month allowed).

According to ABI Research, global mobile network traffic generated by 2017 will crack 100 exabytes—107, to be precise.

That's more than eight times the amount we use today, suggesting global mobile data usage will double in a couple years, then double again in another couple years. And while it may sound crazy high, it's actually slightly lower than Cisco's prediction.

The tech giant anticipated in its last annual State of the Internet report that global mobile data usage could reach up to 120 exabytes, or 120 million terabytes, by the end of 2016—nine times what we use today.

Will the world's mobile data carriers be able to handle this tremendous workload? ABI is confident they will, including in Canada. Global data usage growth will actually start to slow after 2015 to a more predictable incline, and carriers are already well prepared as they rollout advanced LTE networks cross-country.

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