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Videos eat up 50% mobile data

By Yu hongyan ( Updated: 2014-05-28 16:30

Videos eat up 50% mobile data

Jean-Christophe Laneri, mobile broadband solution director of Ericsson Northeast Asia, delivers a speech at an Ericsson workshop in Beijing, May 27, 2014. [Photo/Provided to]

Mobile users spent 80 percent of total usage time on apps in 2013, and that is projected to grow to 86 percent in 2014, according to Flurry Analytics.

Videos eat up 50% mobile data

Source: Flurry Analytics/Ericsson

Almost half of mobile data traffic comprises of video content, which is predicted to surge in the next five years, according to Ericsson, the world's leading provider of telecommunications equipment & services.

Thus in the era of mobile broadband and 4G, the broadband speed or downlink speed will be the key to enhance user experience, said Chang Gang, chief marketing officer of Ericsson (China) Communications Co Ltd, at an Ericsson workshop in Beijing Tuesday.

Telecom operators' constant investment on network quality will bring them economic benefits through saving costs and increasing revenues, according to a report by Ericsson.

The report studied telecom operators in the US, Mexican and Brazilian markets, and found that as operators added 10 percent in capital expenditure each year, they all saw increase in service revenue, EBITDA, and free cash flow.

Ericsson raised the concept of "application coverage" last year. As the telecom industry evolves into mobile broadband era, the assessment on mobile coverage should now be based on the experience of using certain mobile applications, Jean-Christophe Laneri, mobile broadband solution director of Ericsson Northeast Asia Region, said at the workshop.

At the downlink speed of 1 megabits per second (Mbps), application coverage of China's three telecom operators is around 80 to 90 percent, as of February 2014. That is close to Ericsson's standard of 95 percent. The challenge now for Chinese operators is to achieve 50-percent application coverage at the downlink speed of 10 Mbps, according to Lenari.

Videos eat up 50% mobile data

Source: MIIT,, GSMA, Mobida

Another challenge comes from the surging mobile traffic which is predicted to grow tremendously in the future.

Mobile traffic takes only 1 percent of China's total Internet traffic, far below the 15 percent of the world's average proportion. Besides that, mobile traffic of smartphone users in the Chinese mainland accounts for only one tenth of that in the mature markets. However, the number of China's mobile broadband users is expected to grow three times by 2019, according to Lenari.

Chinese telecom operators are aware that they need to look at smartphone user experience, which is on top of their agenda, said Lenari.

As operators are competing on the 4G market, Lenari told them to fulfill minimum user experience in the first place, by providing constant service, instead of simply focusing on flashy downlink speed that would not ensure constancy.

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