Mobile data overtakes voice

Mobile data has overtaken voice across the globe for the first time ever according to Swedish telecoms outfit Ericsson.

The findings were based on measuring live networks internationally and show that data traffic grew by 280 per cent for each of the last two years.

The rate of data transferred had to reach 140,000 terabytes per month in order to outstrip the weight of voice calls, and that happened in December last year.

"This is a significant milestone with some 400 million mobile broadband subscriptions now generating more data traffic than the voice traffic from the total 4.6 billion mobile subscriptions around the world," said Hans Vestberg, Ericsson President and CEO.

Ericsson reckons that 80 per cent of mobile users want always-on Internet connections in order to check out their fake friends on Facebook.