Ericsson, a global provider of communication services for a networked society has said in its recent report that the number of mobile broadband subscriptions grew faster at the end of the first quarter in 2013. The report, which was released in June 2013, and made available to journalists in Lagos, recently, revealed that the number grew at the rate of 45 per cent, reaching about 1.7 billion globally.
Head of Region, sub-Saharan Africa, Mr. Fredrik Jejdling, who was in Nigeria recently to discuss, the result of Ericsson’s current research, said the amount of data usage per subscription also continued to grow steadily, adding that about 50 per cent of all mobile phones sold in the first quarter of 2013, were smartphones, which he said were the main drivers of mobile broadband subscription globally.
He said: “these factors combined have resulted in the total amount of mobile data traffic doubling between the first quarter in 2012 and the first quarter in 2013. In this issue, we look beyond our usual update and outlook on mobile traffic with an analysis of traffic types. Traffic has been forecast by application type, providing analysis into factors behind the growth”.
According to him, Ericsson had in its previous report, highlighted the growing importance of speed in mobile broadband networks, and in the recent report, took a step further in describing a new framework to understand varying network performance within a given coverage area. Describing the penetration rate, Jejdling said global mobile penetration rate was at 90 per cent in the first quarter in 2013 and that mobile subscriptions now total around 6.4 billion, but that that the actual number of subscribers is around 4.5 billion, since many people have more than one subscriptions.
The report, he said also noted China alone accounted for about 25 per cent of net additions, adding around 30 million subscriptions, while India has over 10 million mobile subscriptions, Indonesia has over 10 million mobile subscriptions, Brazil has over 5 million mobile subscriptions, and Nigeria which introduced GSM in 2001, has over 10 million mobile subscriptions, in terms of net additions. Total number of mobile subscription in Nigeria, according to Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), is over 117 million active subscriptions. But the report insisted that aside the growth of mobile subscriptions in the first quarter in 2013, the global mobile broadband subscriptions have also grown by around 45 per cent, year-on-year, and have reached around 1.7 billion.
Also speaking at the ICT press conference, Country Manager for Ericsson Nigeria, Mr. Camaru Abass, announced that Ericsson recently opened two regional centres, one in Lagos and the other in Democratic
Republic of Congo, aimed at strengthening the capabilities of the region and to become closer to its customers at the region. The Lagos centre, he said would commence training of Nigerian graduates every year, aimed at boosting capacities in individuals and corporate organisations.