The annual global 4G data usage in 2020 will exceed 224.7 Exabytes and is expected to contribute to 79% of the total data traffic on mobile networks, said ABI Research in a recent report release. According to the firm, 4G data has started to dominate mobile data consumption this year and is forecast to gather increased momentum with more network rollouts and higher data consumption across more regions.
Despite the continues decline in mobile voice revenues across all regions, the robust growth in data services saw aggregate mobile service revenues for 2014 increasing 2.8% year-on-year globally.
ABI also expects the gap between 4G and 3G monthly ARPU to widen over the period 2014 to 2020 with 4G ARPU expected to hold up better as a result of the higher data consumption. However, competition between Operators will see both ARPUs declining, added ABI Research.