Video phones are set to become increasingly important over the next few years, new research has suggested.
According to the Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Mobile Forecast for 2008-2013 study, video will account for 64 per cent of all mobile phone data traffic in four years’ time, following an annual growth rate of 150 per cent.
Suraj Shetty, Cisco’s vice-president of service provider marketing, implied that the company made its predictions in light of expectations that consumers will increasingly look to their mobile phones to provide additional services on top of phone calls and texting.
“[The] findings reflect the trend that consumers will use a variety of services, applications and devices to drive an increase in mobile traffic,” she remarked.
In total, mobile phone traffic will increase at an annual rate of 131 per cent between now and 2013, Cisco projected.
At the end of last month, comScore claimed that social networking was helping to drive the growth of mobile internet use in Europe.