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Internet of Things to overtake mobile phones by 2018: Ericsson Mobility Report

* 16 billion connected devices forecast to join the Internet of Things by the
end of 2021
* Smartphone subscriptions to surpass those for basic phones in Q3 this year
* Teenage use of cellular data for smartphone video grew 127 percent in just
15 months

The latest edition of the Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC)Mobility Report, published
today, reveals that the Internet of Things (IoT) is set to overtake mobile
phones as the largest category of connected device by 2018.

Between 2015 and 2021, the number of IoT connected devices is expected to grow
23 percent annually, of which cellular IoT is forecast to have the highest
growth rate. Of the 28 billion total devices that will be connected by 2021,
close to 16 billion will be IoT devices.

Western Europe will lead the way in adding IoT connections - the number of IoT
devices in this market is projected to grow 400 percent by 2021. This will
principally be driven by regulatory requirements, for example for intelligent
utility meters, and a growing demand for connected cars including the EU
e-call directive to be implemented in 2018.

Rima Qureshi, Senior Vice President&Chief Strategy Officer, Ericsson, says:
"IoT is now accelerating as device costs fall and innovative applications
emerge. From 2020, commercial deployment of 5G networks will provide
additional capabilities that are critical for IoT, such as network slicing
and the capacity to connect exponentially more devices than is possible

Smartphone subscriptions continue to increase and are forecast to surpass
those for basic phones in Q3 this year. By 2021, smartphone subscriptions
will almost double from 3.4 billion to 6.3 billion. Also revealed in the
report, there are now 5 billion mobile subscribers - unique users - in the
world today, which is testament to the phenomenal growth of mobile technology
in a relatively short period of time.

Detailed in the report is a dramatic shift in teen viewing habits: use of
cellular data for smartphone video grew 127 percent in just 15 months
(2014-15). Over a period of four years (2011-15) there has been a 50 percent
drop in the time teens spend watching TV/video on a TV screen, and in
contrast an 85 percent increase in those viewing TV/video on a smartphone.
This, and the fact that the upcoming generation of mobile users are the
heaviest consumers of data for smartphone video streaming (Wi-Fi and cellular
combined), makes them the most important group for cellular operators to

In 2016, a long anticipated milestone is being passed with commercial LTE
networks supporting downlink peak data speeds of 1 Gbps. Devices that support
1 Gbps are expected in the second half of 2016, initially in markets such as
Japan, US, South Korea and China, but rapidly spreading to other regions.
Mobile users will enjoy extremely fast time to content thanks to this
enhanced technology, which will enable up to two thirds faster download
speeds compared with the fastest technology available today.

Further highlights from the Ericsson Mobility Report include:

A global growth story:
mobile broadband subscriptions will grow fourfold in the Middle East and
Africa between 2015 and 2021; mobile data traffic in India will grow fifteen
times by 2021; and despite being the most mature market, US mobile traffic
will grow 50 percent in 2016 alone.

Data traffic continues unabated growth:
global mobile data traffic grew 60 percent between Q1 2015 and Q1 2016, due to
rising numbers of smartphone subscriptions and increasing data consumption
per subscriber. By the end of 2021, around 90 percent of mobile data traffic
will be from smartphones.

LTE subscriptions grew at a high rate during Q1 2016:
there were 150 million new subscriptions during the quarter - driven by demand
for improved user experience and faster networks - reaching a total of 1.2
billion worldwide. LTE peak data speeds of 1 Gbps are anticipated to be
commercially available in 2016.

Additional spectrum harmonization needed between countries planning early 5G
5G is expected to start more quickly than anticipated, and spectrum
harmonization is needed between countries planning early roll-outs. This is
in addition to the current process for WRC-19, which focuses on spectrum for
commercial 5G deployments beyond 2020.

The Ericsson Mobility Report is one of the leading analyses of mobile data
traffic available, providing in-depth measurements from live networks spread
around the globe. The report uses these measurements and analysis, together
with internal forecasts and other relevant studies, to provide insights into
current traffic and market trends in the Networked Society.

TheTraffic Exploration Tool, which accompanies the report, can be used to
create customized graphs and tables. The information can be filtered by
region, subscription, technology, traffic and device type.

The report defines a connected device as a physical object that has an IP
stack enabling two-way communication over a network interface.


The full Ericsson Mobility Report,Traffic Exploration Tooland regional reports
for North America, South East Asia&Oceania, India (published June 7), and
North East Asia (published at a later date) can be downloaded

Biography and photos of Rima Qureshi

For media kits, backgrounders and high-resolution photos, please

Ericsson is the driving force behind the Networked Society - a world leader in
communications technology and services. Our long-term relationships with
every major telecom operator in the world allow people, business and society
to fulfill their potential and create a more sustainable future.

Our services, software and infrastructure - especially in mobility, broadband
and the cloud
- are enabling the telecom industry and other sectors to do better business,
increase efficiency, improve the user experience and capture new

With approximately 115,000 professionals and customers in 180 countries,
we combine global scale with technology and services leadership. We support
networks that connect more than 2.5 billion subscribers. Forty percent of the
world's mobile traffic is carried over Ericsson networks. And our investments
in research and development ensure that our solutions - and our customers -
stay in front.

Founded in 1876, Ericsson has its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Net sales
2015 were SEK 246.9 billion (USD 29.4 billion). Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ
OMX stock exchange in Stockholm and the NASDAQ in New York.







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