The last 12 months has seen a significant rise in mobile broadband data traffic, according to a new Ericsson report.
Research conducted by the firm points to 80 per cent growth between Q2 2012 and Q3 2013, as more consumers and businesses have invested in dongles and connected devices such as tablets.
A ten per cent rise in mobile broadband data traffic was reported between the second and third quarter of this year.
Ericsson said traffic is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of around 45 per cent between 2013 and 2019 as more people adopt mobile devices.
"This will result in an increase of around ten times by the end of 2019," it stated.
The Ericsson report claimed that the rise of online video streaming is the main driver of traffic growth - potentially due to the growing popularity of services such as Sky Go and Netflix.
It explained that a large proportion of data traffic is being generated by a limited number of mobile broadband users at present.