The GSM Association (GSMA), the global body that represents the mobile industry across 220 countries, has announced that mobile operator data revenues are expected to surpass voice revenues by 2018.
The GSMA further stated the surge in mobile data revenues is being primarily fuelled by the rise in demand for machine-to-machine communications and connected devices.
The GSMA's five-year forecasts report claimed that the fight against diseases, including tuberculosis, malaria and HIV, is likely to benefit from the growing use of mobile connectivity. It also suggested that the growing use of tablets, eBook readers and mobile phones for educational purposes could play a pivotal role in reducing the student drop-out rate by almost eight per cent, or over 1.8 million children.
"Mobile data is not just a commodity, but is becoming the lifeblood of our daily lives, society and economy, with more and more connected people and things," said Michael O'Hara, chief marketing officer at GSMA.
"The mobile industry needs to continue collaborating with governments and key industry sectors to deliver products and services that help people around the world improve their businesses and societies," said O' Hara, emphasising the need for the industry to work closely with local governments.