Mobile Data Still Dwarfed By Fixed Lines

Mobile broadband is hugely convenient, and wireless solutions are often proposed as an alternative to expensive rollouts of fibre-based networks such as the National Broadband Network (NBN). But that doesn’t mean it dominates: a new analysis suggests 97 per cent of all data traffic worldwide still comes from fixed access networks.

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Analyst firm Analysys Mason suggests that while the overall share of mobile data will increase, it will still only be 6 per cent by 2019. In part, that’s because our demand for data is growing much faster than access speeds on mobile networks. The average fixed broadband connection uses 52GB a month today, but that number will rise to 188GB by 2019, Analysys Mason predicts.

The bottom line? Mobile networks are important, but wired networks are still more important.

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