Sunday, February 14, 2010

Ericsson's Vestberg: 50 Billion Connected Devices in 2020

The world will have 50 billion connected devices by 2020, predicted Hans Vestberg, Ericsson's CEO, in a press conference at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The figure includes machine-to-machine connections, which Ericsson expects will take off in the next decade.

"In the past decade telecommunications have become the nerve system of the world. The number of mobile subscriptions worldwide has grown six fold to 4.6 billion. Mobile broadband has had its breakthrough and we believe that we will see 3 billion new mobile broadband subscriptions in the next five years."

"We forecast that by 2015 mobile PC subscriptions will have grown six times and the traffic generated will grow more than 50 times compared with the end of 2009. In the same time period smartphone devices will grow four times and the traffic they generate will have grown more than 25 times. The rapidly increasing traffic puts a focus on network capacity and quality.

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