Device connectivity speed: One half of an equation

 
 
37% CAGR (2011-2015)
Moving from 3G to 4G
75% CAGR (2007-2011)
Moving from 2G to 3G
35% CAGR (2011-2015)
Moving from 3G to 4G
89% CAGR (2007-2011)
Moving from 2G to 3G
38% CAGR (2011-2015)
Moving from 3G to 4G
101% CAGR (2007-2011)
Moving from 2G to 3G
40% CAGR (2011-2015)
Moving from 3G to 4G
45% CAGR (2007-2011)
Moving from 2G to 3G
 
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From the user's perspective, the mobile experience starts with the speed at which the device receives data and applications. That speed is the combined result of the speed capability of the modem technology inside the device, which is fixed, and the speed capability of the infrastructure, which can vary.

4G poised to drive the industry in 2015


Thus, wireless speed is a complicated component to measure. So complicated, in fact, that the Mobile Technologies Index breaks it into two components, each with its own metric:

  • Device connectivity speed (in Megabits per second per dollar (Mbps/$)
  • Infrastructure speed in average Megabits per second (Mbps)

This article provides our forecast for device connectivity speed, explaining the metric and how we calculate it, and explores some implications for mobile innovation.

PwC forecasts a compound annual growth rate of 37% for average aggregated device connectivity speed as measured in Mbps/$ through 2015. Put another way, average aggregated device connectivity speed will be four times greater in 2015 than in 2011.

Mobile technologies index articles

Published Title Article
1/8/2014 Sensing and making sense: Device and environment underpin contextually aware services View PDF
08/29/2013 The magic of advanced technology: Predicting real-time behaviour & needs via contextual intelligence View PDF
06/17/2013 Phase 1 Wrap up: New data bolsters the general direction of innovation over the next five years View PDF
05/09/2013 Mobile operating system: Smartphones will just get smarter View PDF
03/05/2013 Enabling devices to offer users more natural interaction View PDF
1/17/2013 Image sensor: Steady growth for new capabilities View PDF
12/13/2012 Storage: Quenching the thirst for more View PDF
11/09/2012 Memory: The ever-predictable DRAM path View PDF
10/02/2012 Application processors: Driving the next wave of innovation View PDF
09/12/2012 Infrastructure speed: Watch capital investment in 4G for the next inflection View PDF
07/25/2012 Device connectivity speed: One half of an equation View PDF
07/25/2012 Making sense of the rapid change in mobile innovation View PDF

Mobile innovations forecast

4G poised to drive the industry in 2015