Australia’s mobile Internet speeds more than doubled in 2010 and are expected to skyrocket by 2015.
In the Cisco Visual Networking Index: Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update 2010-2015, the vendor mobile data traffic nearly tripled in 2010 which was higher than anticipated.
Traffic is set to increase 26-fold by 2015 according to the report.
This rise was attributed to the rising popularity of smartphones.
Traffic on smartphones represented 78 per cent of total global handset traffic despite only taking up 13 per cent of the world’s handset marketshare.
While the document does not break down the mobile data traffic in each country, the report noted Australia’s mobile network speed was 413kbps in 2009. This jumped to 953kbps in 2010 and is set to soar to 4649kbps by 2015; that’s a compound annual growth rate of 37 per cent per year.
There is concern mobile operators will be unable to keep up with the rapid growth of network data consumption. Infrastructures from some providers are already strained most evidently in the case of Vodafone.
“Backhaul capacity must increase so mobile broadband, data access and video services can effectively support consumer usage trends and keep mobile infrastructure cost in check,” Cisco said in the report.
“… With the proliferation of mobile and portable devices, there is an imminent need for networks to allow all these devices to be connected transparently, with the network providing high performance computing and delivering enhanced real-time data and multimedia.”
The report also noted Google’s Android platform is catching up with Apple’s iPhone OS. Over 3 million tablets were connected to mobile networks in 2010 and each used five times more traffic than an average smartphone.