With the advent of mobile devices that are data-centric, it goes without saying that more and more of us are hooked to a mobile device, be it a tablet or a smartphone, that requires us to remain connected all the time to the Internet if we were to make the most out of it. Well, having said that, it is then not surprising to read that mobile data volumes have grown exponentially yet again last year, doubling in the year 2012 itself. The main reason for its accelerated growth did not hinge entirely on 4G LTE only, as the leap in smartphone subscribers in China proved to be another telling contributing factor.

This particular data is the result of network equipment manufacturer Ericsson’s work, where mobile data usage in Q4 2011 and Q4 2012 was compared. Not only that, subscriptions for mobile broadband also increased by 50% thereabouts year-on-year, and when you translate that to the number of human heads, it means more than 4.4 billion mobile subscribers are walking on the face of the earth – amazing! Nokia might want to think of shutting down its featurephone business now…

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