- Global mobile data traffic grew 69 percent in 2014 and was nearly 30 times the size of the entire global Internet in 2000
- Mobile video traffic exceeded 50 percent of total mobile data traffic for the first time in 2012
- Mobile network (cellular) connection speeds grew 20 percent in 2014
- In 2014, on an average, a smart device generated 22 times more traffic than a non-smart device.
These are just some excerpts from Cisco’s Visual Networking Index: Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update for 2014 to 2019, but they clearly prove a point. That, the usage of mobiles is growing faster than ever before, backed by the rolling out of quicker internet speeds and smarter phones at affordable prices.
- The research has also made important forecasts for the next 5 years, such as:
- The number of mobile-connected devices exceeded the world’s population in 2014.
- 4G traffic will be more than half of the total mobile traffic by 2017.
- Because of increased usage on smartphones, smartphones will reach three-quarters of mobile data traffic by 2019.
Now against the backdrop of such information, it is interesting to explore what role mobiles are playing in shaping up the workplace learning scenario. These trends with mobile learning are evidence to the fact that we are on the brink of a new era of learning – through the mobile device.
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