Smartphones rule. The world is moving quickly to 4G and 5G networks. Mobile users watch a lot of video while wearable tech is on the rise, albeit slowly.
Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the world’s biggest technology show holds that mobile technology is behind every kind of innovation. The CES 2017 feels like one of those periods of reinvention. Where a few years ago what we
conventionally think of as “computer” technology dominated, now CES reflects the fact that technology is everywhere and in everything. It now covers pretty much every kind of human technical endeavour, from cars to tiny sensors capable of making anything “smart”.
Additionally, all smart devices use processors, sensors and location technology which has been developed for smartphones. In fact, if you want to think about what makes a product “smart”, just ask if it uses mobile technology.
By 2018, global mobile data traffic is predicted to reach an annual run rate of 190 exabytes per year, up from 18 exabytes in 2013 according to Forbes. An exabyte, Cisco helpfully reminds us, is equal to one billion gigabytes. That 190 exabytes is equal to playing 4 trillion video clips, 4-minutes long each.
“What’s driving this growth is a shift in device mix toward smarter devices,” says Arielle Sumits, an analyst at Cisco, the world’s largest maker of networking gear.
Cisco predicts that the number of mobile users will to rise to 4.9 billion in 2018 from 4.1 billion in 2013 as consumers in emerging markets come online.