Mobile broadband data traffic is to grow tenfold by 2016, according to Ericsson's Traffic and Market Data report.
It suggests that mobile broadband connections will reach the five billion mark by 2016, up from 900 million at the end of this year.
The report also highlighted that within five years, 60 per cent of mobile data traffic will be driven by users living on less than one per cent of Earth's total land area.
In terms of how people will choose to surf the web on the go, mobile traffic across all devices is set to grow.
Johan Wibergh, Head of Ericsson Business Unit Networks, says: "Ericsson performs a broad range of measurements in order to monitor the pulse of the Networked Society - measurements that we use to efficiently design our products and plan networks.
"This report offers snapshots that, together, show how a growing number of people and businesses benefit from mobility, broadband and the cloud."
Last week, Phil Sheppard, Director of Network Strategy at Three, said in a blog post that mobile broadband data now accounts for the vast majority of the network's traffic.