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Most Smartphone Subscribers Use Wi-Fi As Their Primary Connection For Data Usage According To New Research

BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today at Mobile World Congress, Mobidia Technology, Inc., a leading provider of device-centric, mobile data solutions, and Informa Telecoms & Media, a leading analyst firm, jointly released new research that provides important and compelling insights into worldwide Wi-Fi usage by smartphone users.

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For the first time, Mobidia is providing mobile operators and the wider mobile industry ecosystem with an understanding of consumer behavior surrounding data usage on all the networks to which smartphones frequently connect, including mobile home networks, roaming networks and Wi-Fi networks.  By looking at this behavior, Mobidia and Informa have been able to draw the following conclusions among others:

  • Total data usage on smartphones is much higher than generally reported throughout the industry. In fact, the conclusions show that Wi-Fi data consumptions exceeds cellular by a factor of two-to-one and that Wi-Fi accounted for 70 percent of all smartphone-originated traffic within the sampled user base.
  • Across the global smartphone user base sampled, 91 percent of smartphone subscribers use Wi-Fi for data usage purposes.
  • It is clear that, for an overwhelming majority of smartphone users, Wi-Fi is employed as the primary data connection of choice.

"We were quite surprised with the findings," said Mobidia Vice President of Marketing Chris Hill. "Not only did we find that data usage on smartphones was much higher than the typical 100-500 megabytes average monthly usage that is often cited, but we also found that Wi-Fi usage often outpaced mobile usage by as much as six-to-one in some countries."

Mobidia's data makes it clear that measurement of cellular-only usage patterns is only part of the picture when it comes to how consumers are using data. In fact, Informa's analysis reveals that a cellular-only measurement of user demand can understate smartphone-originated traffic by a factor of several multiples in the world's most advanced Wi-Fi markets.

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