Global usage of mobile broadband has increased significantly over the past year. Ericsson has revealed that mobile broadband data usage has almost tripled in the last year, growing more than 10 times faster than voice. According to the company’s statistics, global measured mobile data traffic stands at nearly 225,000 terabytes per month as of the second quarter of 2010. Mobile data traffic continues to grow exponentially even after the historic cross over point in December 2009 when data first exceeded voice, as reported by Ericsson earlier this year. “The growth and benefits of mobile broadband are undeniable,” said Håkan Eriksson, Ericsson’s senior vice president, chief technology officer and president of Ericsson Silicon Valley. “The business model for mobile broadband is becoming one of increasing profitability and competitive differentiation through superior quality of service. Operator’s focus on end-to-end converged IP networks is key to addressing the dramatic traffic growth, while reducing costs and improving the user experience. For consumers, mobile broadband is transforming the way we communicate and prosper as a society.” Ericsson even predicts there will 50 billion connected devices – including smartphones, tablet PCs and laptops – across the world by 2020.