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More Than 90 Percent of U.S. Households Have Three or More Devices Pinging the Internet

And nearly half of American families have five or more Internet-connected devices.


How much do Americans love the Internet?

Well, Ericsson counted all the ways.

It turns out that 90 percent of U.S. households have three or more Internet-connected devices, while just under half of households have five or more devices and nearly a quarter use seven or more devices. The average number of connected devices per household is 5.2, with that number seen to be climbing in the coming years.

Meanwhile, the U.S. continues to lead the way in LTE subscriptions, with more than 25 percent of mobile subscriptions in 2013 being of the LTE variety. That number is seen reaching 40 percent this year.

Those are just a couple of the findings in Ericsson’s latest quarterly stat-packed overview of the global Internet market.

Here are a few other stats that we found interesting:

  • 97 percent of U.S. households have a mobile phone.
  • Total mobile traffic per smartphone in North America is projected to be 1.6 gigabytes this year, and seen to be nearly quadrupling to 6GB per month by 2020.
  • There are projected to be 2.7 billion smartphone subscriptions this year, up from 1.9 billion in 2013. That number is seen growing by an average of 15 percent a year through 2020, with subscriptions seen reaching 6.1 billion at that point.
  • LTE subscriptions are seen reaching 3.5 billion globally by the end of 2020.
  • By 2020, 90 percent of the world’s population over six years old will have a mobile phone.
  • Video continues to dominate mobile networks, accounting for roughly half of mobile traffic in places with significant 4G networks.

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