5G will fuel growth in video streaming

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Smartphones have taken over our lives in all aspects, but if this is anything to go by, mobile devices and other smart gadgets will continue to grow in prominence year after year after year. Internet of Things, video, and mobile internet use are expected to increase even more in popularity.

IoT devices are set to overtake mobile in the connected devices category by 2018. The IoT space may maintain a hefty compound annual growth between 2015 and 2021. Part of this growth has to do with the introduction of 5G networks, which are expected to launch at some point in 2020.

That doesn’t mean that mobile is to be ignored. Video is set to play an increasingly important role in our mobile lives. Ericsson forecasts that by 2021, video will account for as much as 70 percent of mobile traffic. It's not surprising, especially since the emphasis being placed on video by mobile carriers and internet service providers. T-Mobile, for example, offer unlimited video streaming on select services to its mobile network subscribers.

Video watching on smartphones went up a huge 127 percent between 2014 and 2015 — and interestingly, there was also a 50-percent decline in television watching among teens. People in the 30-35 age range spend four more hours on average watching TV than do teens, something that has remained true since 2011.

The video services are people watching are YouTube leading the pack, accounting for between 50 and 70 percent of video traffic.

There are different types of video content out there, and the size of devices has an impact on the types of videos being watched. Tablets, for example, are generally used for watching longer videos, while both tablets and smartphones are used equally for watching short videos.

While teens tend to use Wi-Fi more often, they’re also more willing to pay to access the internet.

Well they are the ones who get parents to pay for that access.

5G (5th generation mobile networks or 5th generation wireless systems) denotes the proposed next major phase of mobile telecommunications standards beyond the current 4G/IMT-Advanced standards.

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