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The Promise of 5G Will Fuel Growth in IOT Devices and Streaming Video New Report Claims

The Promise of 5G Will Fuel Growth in IOT Devices and Streaming Video New Report Claims

Our digital lives have already been taken over by the smartphone. According to a Ericsson Mobility Report,  over the next decade, mobile devices and other smart gadgets will continue to grow in prominence. Both video, the internet, and mobile internet usage is expected to rise in prominence.

Between 2015 and 2021, the IoT space will maintain a hefty compound annual growth rate of 23 percent. IoT devices are set to overtake mobile in the connected devices category by 2018, according to Ericsson.

The introduction of 5G networks is part of this growth, which is expected to launch at some point in 2020.

Video is set to play an increasingly important role in our mobile lives.  Video will account for as much as 70 percent of mobile traffic, Ericsson forecasts that by 2021.

That’s hardly surprising, considering the emphasis being placed on video by internet service providers and mobile carriers.  For example, T-Mobile, offers unlimited video streaming to its mobile network subscribers on select services.

Between 2014 and 2015, video watching on smartphones went up a huge 127 percent.  Interestingly during the same period, there was a 50-percent decline in television watching among teens.

People in the 30-35 age range spend four more hours on average watching TV than do teens, something that has remained true since 2011.

What video services are people watching?  Leading the pack is YouTube, accounting for between 50 and 70 percent of video traffic.

The size of devices has an impact on the types of videos being watched.  For example, tablets are generally used for watching longer videos, while tablets and smartphones are used equally used for watching short videos.

Teens tend to use Wi-Fi more often.  They are also more willing to pay to access the internet.

The survey showed that 63 percent of teens were willing to pay more for better internet speeds, which is greater than any other age bracket.  On the flip side, they are rarely the ones that are actually paying for the service.

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